The bay of Arromanches-les-Bains was used by the allies in WW2 to build a huge mulberry harbour for the supply of reinforcements. The construction elements of the piers partly still exist. They were boxes of concrete and steel, sunk to the shallow, sandy bottom of the bay and building huge piers to protect the bay from the ocean.
The sands at Arromanches, code-named 'Gold Beach' for the D-Day landings by Allied Forces against Ger...
From this position you could start to understand the scale of the task that took place on D-Day and h...
Mulberry harbour at Arromanches
Outside view of the bunker.
Direction and Range Control Bunker. Longues-Sur-Mer, France
To enable the four guns of the Longues-sur-Mer battery to target accurately this range finding point ...
Battery at Longues-sur-Mer
France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.
French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.
The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.
The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.
The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.
One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.
During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.
France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.
Text by Steve Smith.