Utah Beach - Monument Construction 1945
Photo #1 shows an abandoned weapons pit with signs of wall construction being made, this photo is probably early 1945 as the nearby column dedicated to the beach engineers was dedicated in June 1945 one year to the week of D-Day. Note the abandoned landing craft in the sea at the rear of the photograph. Also take note of the soldier stood on a bunker right centre of the photograph, this bunker complex was later to become the Utah beach museum in the 1960's.
Photo # 2. Comparison photo of 2010 shows the same weapons pit, the low wall constructed post-war in front of the pit has marker plaques located on it's top edge giving directions and distance to major U.K. and European cities, also direction of sunken D-Day ships and aircraft.
Photo # 3. shows the 1st engineer monument in 1974 with the weapons pit behind facing the sea.
Photo # 4. the earliest shot of this 50mm cannon taken in the first few days of the invasion, the sand dunes are level with the top of the concrete surround. A good shot with a number of DUKW's heading for the shore laden with supplies from the troop and transport ships anchored in the bay. A Normandy battlefield tour guide friend Allan Bryson provided me with this photo.