D-Day Training Site by Matthew Ernst (England Photo Spot)

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D-Day Training Site by Matthew Ernst

D-Day training sites were created in Britain in order to practice for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Northern France by allied forces in 1944. In 1943, in an area of Hankley Common known as the Lion’s Mouth, Canadian troops constructed a replica of a section of the Atlantic Wall. It is constructed from reinforced concrete and was used as a major training aid to develop and practice techniques to breach the defences of the French coast prior to the D-Day landings. Nearby are other obstacles such as dragon’s teeth, reinforced concrete blocks and lengths of railway track set in concrete and with wire entanglements. (Hankley Common, England)

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