ARROMANCHES, FRANCE

After having been to Dieppe, you can't help but hope that it was the Dieppe Raid that led to the realization of the Allied High Commmand that it would be futile to hope to succeed in a Western landing with the capture of a port. Without a port, the allies would not be able to supply the landing force which would then provide a successful second front against Hitler's Germany. Hence, the Normandy landings were designed to capture beaches where no such ports existed. The allies would build one instantly! In essence, behind the Allied invasion force on D-Day (June 6th, 1944) was a fleet of concrete blocks which would sink to produce the man-made port you see in the background. Below you can see that some of these massive blocks have washed ashore.

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