National Geographic : 1945 May
British Official One Mile Wide and Two Miles Long, British Mulberry Is as Large as Dover Harbor Its boundaries marked out on June 7, this artifi cial harbor was complete by mid-July. Here it is so vast that eleven aerial photographs, pieced into a composite, are needed to show its dimensions. Mulberry has been called the eighth wonder of the world. Never, says Supreme Headquarters, did so much shipping use a like amount of space at one time. Through these works flowed the hundreds of thousands of tons of supplies that finally cracked German resistance in Normandy. Even as the war moved east, Mulberry remained in use, but the cap- ture of Antwerp and other ports made it of second ary importance. It survived the worst winter storms. Egg-box-shaped concrete caissons, relieved by blockships, form the long breakwater. Clusters of small boats lie in its lee. Five extra caissons are parked in an angle at the extreme right. The long straight line from shore is a floating roadway to the LST pierhead (C). Beside it rest two spare sec tions of pontoon bridging. Small craft race in and out of the harbor like meteors.