Across the south are main roads that owe their unusual width to parking areas for tanks, slipways for pleasure boats that once embarked men and vehicles onto landing craft, and breakwaters and ferry facilities made from components of Mulberry Harbour.
This talk explores the full extent of these sites around the Solent and the wider south coast, their contribution to the greatest amphibious operation in history, and their future.
About Stephen Fisher:
Stephen is an archaeologist and historian and has studied a number of aspects of D-Day in his career. Coming from a maritime archaeology background, Stephen has previously researched thousands of Great War wrecks along the south coast of England and was involved in the rediscovery of two German First World War destroyers in Portsmouth Harbour.
With a lifelong interest in Operation Neptune, Stephen has investigated the full extent of archaeological remains associated with D-Day in the Solent, including Mulberry Harbour construction sites and the PLUTO pipeline. Around the wider British coast he is investigating the construction of the numerous embarkation hards that were crucial to the success of the invasion. Additionally, he has investigated a number of landing craft involved in D-Day, including shipwrecks both on the south coast of England and off the coast of Normandy.
At present he is the senior archaeologist and historian for Landing Craft Tank LCT 7074 during her restoration by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and is writing a book on Motor Gun Boats.