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"A detailed study of the actual effects of Naval and Army Fire and R.A.F. bombing on the beaches in the Assault phase of "Overlord."" / COHQ Special Observer Party

  • CA ON00411 MG-0002-6-103-90-1
  • Item
  • ca. July 1944
  • Part of Shephard Fonds

Report with appendices, based on observations of Normandy beachead defenses concentrating on the British beaches from D-Day +6 to early July 1944. Document subtitles: "COHQ Special Observer Party," "Report on Special Observer Party investigating the effect of fire preparation in operation 'Neptune,'" "Appendix I Description of assault beaches and immediate hinterland and general notes on the effect of fire preparation," "Appendix No. 2 Details of Strong Points and Damage," "Appendix III Notes on Pro-Forma," "Appendix 4 Batteries," "Appendix VI [copies of photos] Massive Concrete Positions , Examples of Heavy Concrete Beach Defenses , Examples of 5cm A.T.K. Positions , Open Gun Pits , "Tobruk" Type Emplacements , Concrete Positions Under Construction , Examples of Camouflaged Strong Points , Examples of Houses Damaged by Gun Fire , Beach Obstacles , Miscellaneous"

"Air 23 / Class List"

  • CA ON00411 MG-0002-6-123-307-5
  • Item
  • ca. 1939-1995
  • Part of Shephard Fonds

A list of sources used for another project - single sheet of paper which is a part of a larger document.

"Big Ben" / Ministry of Home Security- Research and Experiments Department

  • CA ON00411 MG-0002-6-118-290-6
  • Item
  • July 19, 1944
  • Part of Shephard Fonds

Study on the codenamed "Big Ben" weapons better known as V2 rockets. Content includes analysis on estimated weight of warheads, estimated radii of damage and the detonation characteristics on the weapons. Also includes the effect of V weapons on subway tubes, sewers, buildings and air raid shelters along with the casualties they inflicted. Includes tables.

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