The Invasion of Normandy: Port-en-Bassin
These studies of a small Norman coastal town illustrate the effect of the war on the local population.
Notched into the cliff area between the American and British beachheads, this little port was taken from the rear by British and American forces. The waterfront was battered from the shelling of the town's German coastal guns by Allied naval ships, and duels with a Nazi flak ship which lurked behind the big breakwater at the harbor entrance. On D-Day the sign on the Grand Hotel De La Marine could easily be read through binoculars from the bridge of the destroyer U.S.S. Emmons (DD-475), which together with the battleship U.S.S. Arkansas (BB-33), had a couple of sharp contests with Port-en-Bessin's fixed German guns.