A Landing Craft unloads at low tide on Normandy Beach six days after D-Day. June 12, 1944.

Exactly what is the objective of the aircrafts? Those are barrage balloons. You can not view it in this photo, but there are cables hanging from their store that prevent passes that are low enemy aircraft. ...

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  • What is the purpose of the aircrafts?
  • Those are barrage balloons. You can't see it in this photo, but there are cables dangling from them that prevent low passes from enemy aircraft.
  • My city, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario (and sister city Sault Ste. Marie Michigan) had barrage balloons over our locks to protect from a raid from over the arctic circle. It is a major piece of trade infrastructure and would be devistating to both countries economies of lost. I currently have a request with the corp of engineers to get photos.
  • Please post when you receive them.
  • I haven't received them yet but here is a excerpt from Wikipedia that specifically calls out Sault Ste. Marie due to a power line interruption due to them... "In 1942 Canadian and American forces began joint operations to protect the sensitive locks and shipping channel at Sault Ste. Marie along their common border among the Great Lakes against possible air attack.[5] During severe storms in August and October 1942 some barrage balloons broke loose, and the trailing cables short-circuited power lines, causing serious disruption to mining and manufacturing.[citation needed] In particular, the metals production vital to the war effort was disrupted{...}" There are stories of families bringing the soldiers food and housing some. One story even has a soldier and the now adult child of a woman who fed the soldiers meeting up later in life. The soldier became a mechanic and fixed the persons car, when they found out they were from the Soo the soldier told about how a lady always brought them food... ... It was the customers mom who brought them food, the mechanic accepted no payment for work done.
  • Do you work for UPS? You know how to deliver
  • Currently unemployed self proclaimed local historian. My specialties include local infrastructure, sports teams, ships (freighters and tugboats), trains, bushplanes (and water bombers) and buildings. I was once asked about a local train bridge by a company doing marketing in a park, I would win a friSbee if I got it right. It was supposed to be multiple choice but I didn't know that and answered correctly before he could give the options. He just kinda stood there stunned. (What year was it built. 1887 by The dominion bridge company out of lachine Quebec.) this bridge predates the modern locks and the international bridge and would have also been a reason to protect the area. (The train bridge passes over the Soo canal on the west side, same with the international bridge (cars) although the international bridge would not have been built for another bunch of years. The stuff I know about my city makes others shake their heads... At which point I shake mine back because those people don't appreciate our city as much as me. Here is a photo of a locomotive going over said bridge. I don't know when this would have been taken but there is so much stuff missing from the photo (not built yet) that it's got to be at least the 1930s probably earlier but photography history is not my specialty. https://i.imgur.com/Ib82Svz.jpg
  • You are the BEST redditor! Simply fantastic. You have my upvote.
  • UPS delivery.... http://mynorth.com/2012/02/when-northern-michigans-soo-locks-readied-for-world-war-ii/?vid=4206 They didn't have photos but sent me to find this dude in the video on this site. The video has pictures of the groups at the fort and dealing with balloons.
  • Thanks!
  • Could someone please correct my misunderstanding? I thought the 'Higgins Boat' used for infantry was largely manufactured in Louisiana. This seems to imply that most of the manufacturing was done in the U.K.
  • The 'Higgins Boat', like most landing craft, were overwhelmingly produced in the US. Above is a picture of a "Landing Ship Tank" (LST), which, although prototyped in the UK, were mainly produced in the US shipyards along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The U.K. simply couldn't produce them in the needed quantity, so over 1000 of them were produced in the US, mainly for the U.S. Navy but also some for the allies. It's important to distinguish between "Landing Ships" (LST, LSD, LPD) and "Landing Craft" (LCVP/Higgins Boats, LCI, LCU). Landing Ships are commissioned vessels capable of crossing oceans. Landing craft are not and are carried mainly on landing ships. Source: Officer in the US Navy amphibious force.
  • It's important to distinguish between "Landing Ships" (LST, LSD, LPD) and "Landing Craft" I knew there was something bothering me about the title I wrote out, but I just couldn't put my finger on it, thanks for reminding me!
  • Really good write up. I just have a small question. I know that LCTs and LCIs made the crossing to Normandy under their own power from ports along the channel coast so I was wondering if SOPs are to allow them to manoeuvre under their own steam in more enclosed waters or shorter journeys (the trip to Normandy was only 60-100 miles depending upon destination) or if this capability has been dropped altogether in favour of carrying them on LST/LSIs and their replacements (LPH, LPDs etc.).
  • Currently, the US Navy does not employ LCI/LCT. The primary "connectors" (landing craft) are LCU, LCAC, and AAV, with LCMs available in auxiliary capacity. These are almost always carried on commissioned Amphibious Ships (LSD/LPD/LHD), but the LCU can make extended trips in safer waters. Does that answer the question?
  • Yep, cheers mate.
  • That's not a Higgins Boat. That's a Landing Ship, Tank (LST)
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