(The beach today…. nothing in the water here……)
Yes Blackberry A……. was in a different town, on a different beach.
It was really called Mulberry A and was to the west of Mulberry B in a town called St Laurent sur Mer. This was where the American Forces were going to man another version of the floating harbour. But there was a problem…..
(Monument on beach)
Remember when Prince Winston, also called Winston Churchill, was explaining his plan to his advisors? Well, he had to explain it to the allied forces at Casablanca, too. His own forces may have been dubious, but the American’s were completely against the idea. They didn’t believe in it the way that Winston did. And for some reason he didn’t inspire them.
(Blue sea and sky on the way to St Laurent sur Mer)
Below is a quote from Admiral John Leslie Hall, US Navy.
“I think it’s the biggest waste of manpower and equipment that I have ever seen. I can unload a thousand LSTs at a time over the open beaches. Why give me something that anybody who’s ever seen the sea act upon 150-ton concrete blocks at Casablanca knows the first storm will destroy? What’s the use of building them just to have them destroyed and litter up the beaches.”
(Mock up of a glider that landed at Pegasus Bridge)