Testing of concrete Mulberry Caisson at Portsmouth harbor in England. A warehouse and a Caisson at the dock. Sailors and Chief )Project Officers ( CPOs) work on hausers, climb ladder and secure cable hausers. A tug tows the Caisson from the dock. These structures had the code name Phoenix
A concrete caisson being towed by a tugboat off Portsmouth in England. This is one of the wartime project "Phoenix" caissons to be used in building instant harbors (code-named "Mulberry harbors") for Allied ships supporting the Normandy invasion in World War II. A truck can be seen on the caisson, as well as an antiaircraft gun mounted on a platform at the top of the caisson.
A wartime project "Phoenix" concrete caisson being towed in water off Portsmouth harbor in England. British military personnel aboard the caisson. The caisson is identified as "A 30" indicating it is destined to be part of an artificial harbor (code-named "Mulberry") at Omaha beach in the Normandy invasion of World War II. An antiaircraft gun is mounted on a platform at the top of the caisson. Royal engineers turn valves to allow water to enter interior chambers of the caisson, where the water level rises to 23 feet. British troops take up positions on the superstructure of the caisson.
Construction of a concrete Caisson at Portsmouth harbor in England. These wartime project "Phoenix" caissons, were to be used to form instant breakwaters for the invasion Harbors (code-named "Mulberry" harbors). Men work at the construction site with cranes in background. A man on the deck of a ship, with a pair of binoculars around his neck.
June 9, 1944. Sand flats seen at Normandy, France, at low tide. The World War 2 Allied invasion force has fought its way inland. Beached landing craft and destroyed buildings. German steel beach obstacles have been stacked out of the way. U.S. Sherman DD tank sunk in sand. Badly damaged LCT-25 on the beach at Normandy, with her cargo of half-tracks still aboard and remains of the first one off, sitting at her ramp where it was hit by a German shell. Higgins Boat riddled with bullet holes. Scene shifts to January,1944.US troops descend from a troop transport ship into LCT-504 for practice maneuvers in the Chesapeake Bay. Troops hit the beach in Higgins Boats driven by U.S. Coast Guardsmen from the Attack Transport ship, USS Samuel Chase (APA-26).US troops boarding ships to England, in February, 1944. Views of live aboard transport ships in convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean.Coast Guardsmen near weapons at duty stations. Troops quartered aboard a transport with four levels of bunks.Soldiers passing the time: playing cards, napping, reading and writing letters, and sewing clothes. Troops line the deck of the transport ship,USS Bayfield (APA-33), as she approaches port in England. Landing craft from the Bayfield, carrying troops, are seen in assault training exercises in England.Troops wading ashore during training. Coast Guard officers and sailor are seen aboard larger landing ships in exercises.Coast Guard officer smoking a cigar, as landing craft from the Samuel Chase speeds away after landing troops ashore. Trucks drive ashore from landing craft. Scene shifts to May, 1944 and a formation of B-24 aircraft dropping bombs on enemy targets in Europe.
Germany's successive attack over England during World War II. German soldiers observe papers at a desk and prepare for direct invasion over England. The soldiers observe back lighted reconnaissance photos with a magnifying glass and observe forms of ships. A German pilot inside an aircraft in flight low near the coast of Dover, Portsmouth, and Plymouth. A German torpedo boat, or Schnellboots aka S-boot or S-boat, at sea running at high speed. German sailors and officers on the deck of a Schnellboots torpedo boat. German Army paratroopers in training for jumps. German paratroopers jump from simulated aircraft at low height, and hanging from wires, as they practice landing and rolling. German paratroopers at the open door of an aircraft and jumping in a line from the aircraft in flight. A number of parachutes in the air. A sketch shows the layers of British defensive positions from the coast inward. British flying boat over water. Gun turret of flying boat in action. A British ship in the rough North Sea during a squall storm. British sailors in mine laying operation drop large round naval contact mines with protruding Hertz horns visible, into the sea. Booms with steel submarine nets in front of a British harbor to catch submarines and surface craft.