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Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Moray Firth


This is the Burghead Bay, at the Findhorn end, looking out on the firth, which is a designated special area of conservation. It is also home to pods of dolphins who are threatened by European war-games.

The concrete blocks emerging from the out-going tide are military defences.  There are several thousand of these structures along the beach, and these feature at the Derelict Places website:

Roseisle Beach stretches 6 miles along the Moray firth coast from Findhorn to Burghead,

In the 1940s the beach was used by the American and Canadian Military to train for the D-Day landings of WW2,

There are around 15 pillboxes of various design Positioned evenly along the beach, at a guess several thousand anti tank blocks (far to many to count anyway!), wooden anti landing devices and various other concrete prefab structures.

There are also 8 amphibious Valentine tanks, sunk off the coastline during this training in Burghead bay and Findhorn Bay, These have never been retrieved, some have been photographed by diving enthusiasts and can be viewed elsewhere on the web.

The shoreline at Roseisle suffers from constant errosion and this is causing the structures to subside and sink into the sand.

The Normandy Landings were

the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, also known as Operation Overlord and Operation Neptune, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 AM British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

I wonder about this claim that there was “British Double Summer Time” during the Second World War.  I suppose it helps when one is fighting a war in the same time-zone as one’s enemies.

Posted by bigblue on 17/08/2010 at 08:05 AM
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