Tag Archives: WW2

Biber Midget Submarine

The Biber (“Beaver”) midget submarine was not Germany’s most successful weapon in WW2. Designed hastily in Feb 1944 in a bid to compensate for the horrendous losses in the U-boat fleet, and in anticipation of an imminent Allied invasion, the Biber was a cheap, one-man submarine, capable...

Maisy Battery Revisited

We reviewed the German battery at Grandcamp Maisy in Normandy, last year (Oct 2018), but I was in the neighbourhood in April, so I stopped by to have a look for myself. I spent a happy 40 minutes chatting to Dan Sterne, the owner (Gary)’s son, and...

The German Cemetery at La Cambe, Normandy

The biggest surprise about the German military cemetery at La Cambe is its size – it is small (16.5 acres), given that 21,222 German soldiers are buried here. That’s much smaller than the American Cemetery at Colville (172.5 acres), which has 9,380 graves. The reason is that,...

Review: D-Day Museum, Arromanches

Arromanches-les-Bains is the site of the famous Mulberry B Artificial Harbour and home to the D-Day Museum, better known as the Musée du Débarquement, Arromanches, which focuses on the astounding piece of engineering that still dominates the seascape today. There were two Mulberry Harbours. Mulberry A at...

Pointe du Hoc, Normandy

Pointe du Hoc is the famous cliff promontory at the western edge of Omaha beach, that was heroically scaled and overrun by US Rangers on the morning of D-Day, June 6th 1944. Now it is a battlefield and memorial site. The History D-Day planners were particularly worried...

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