Accession Number : ADA547464


Title :   Mulberry-American: The Artificial Harbor at Omaha


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Peters, Brett


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547464.pdf


Report Date : 10 Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 87


Abstract : The Overlord operation is a widely-studied episode in military history. Often overlooked is a little known U.S. operation designed to overcome logistical problems in the Overlord plan. For the first 90 days of combat the Overlord operation would not benefit from major ports to sustain the buildup and counter the German attempt to push the Allies back into the sea. The Allies planned, designed, and constructed two artificial harbors to overcome the lack of ports. The harbors were known by the code name, Mulberry. The components were towed across the English channel with the invasion fleet and constructed under enemy fire. Mulberry A, the A stood for American, was completed three days ahead of schedule and doubled the throughput of U.S. supplies over the Normandy beachhead. Mulberry A was destroyed by a summer gale after only three days of operation and subsequently abandoned. Effective beaching LSTs during the operation led many critics to conclude that Mulberry A supply operations had little effect on the Overlord operation. To the contrary, using modern assessment methods, it can be concluded that the Mulberry operation was effective and influenced the outcome of the cross channel attack.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , SECOND WORLD WAR , HARBORS , DOCTRINE , ENGLISH CHANNEL , LOGISTICS , THESES , MILITARY PLANNING


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE