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The remains of the artificial Mulberry harbours, transported and assembled overnight at sea, remain a dramatic reminder of the audacious engineering and military feat.

France Diary
France Diary
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Omaha, bloodless

On this August afternoon, the sea was a placid sheet of azure at Omaha beach, joining an equally clear blue sky at the horizon. I watched the breathtaking, indescribable sight with the American cemetery behind me. I tried to imagine the intense fighting on D-Day in 1944 (the American cemetery alone marks over 9,000 graves and there are 27 war cemeteries in Normandy, accounting for 1.30 lakh of the 4.25 lakh soldiers on both sides who died in the four-month battle of Normandy). I try to recall scenes from Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, one of the many films about D-Day. But I give up soon enough. The tranquil idyllic setting betrays little of those brutal and bloody days. Ten kilometers away, the D-Day museum, set up in 1954, overlooks one of the five beaches where the allied invasion took place. The remains of the...

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