The D-Day Story Collection

photograph

A photograph captioned 'Big concrete caissons forming main deep water breakwater', showing a view along a line of Phoenix breakwaters for the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, Gold Beach. Features of the Phoenixes such as the internal chambers, wheels to turn the water release valves and anti-aircraft guns can be clearly seen. The caption for this series of photographs is stuck on the reverse of the print and reads - 'Two prefabricated ports, each as big as Gibraltar were manufactured in Britain in sections, towed across the channel, and set down off the coast of Normandy. The use of the prefabricated port greatly simplified the problem of supplying the Allied Armies in France.' One of 13 British official photographs of parts of the Mulberry Harbours, negative number BU 610. This print dates from around the 1940s.

Location: In store, can be viewed by appointment

Reference: 1990/24/9