The SNAFU Special, Merville Gun Battery.
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Panoramic photo by Robert Bilsland EXPERT Taken 11:19, 28/10/2009 (Casablanca) - Views loading...

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The SNAFU Special, Merville Gun Battery.

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The Merville Gun Battery was believed to have contained four 150mm guns that overlooked the British sword beach. The guns were housed in reinforced concrete casemates and so it was decided that it would require a ground assult to destroy. This shows one of the dakotas that were used above Normandy on the 6th June 1944 to deliver paratroopers.

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A: Overlooking The Merville Gun Battery.

by Robert Bilsland, 80 meters away

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Overlooking The Merville Gun Battery.

B: Mobile Gun, Merville Gun Battery.

by Robert Bilsland, 120 meters away

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Mobile Gun, Merville Gun Battery.

C: Empty Gun Emplacement, Merville Gun Battery.

by Robert Bilsland, 180 meters away

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Empty Gun Emplacement, Merville Gun Battery.

D: The Harbour - Ouistreham

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F: Remembering the Fallen, Pegasus Bridge

by Robert Bilsland, 6.2 km away

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G: Looking Across Pegasus Bridge

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H: Looking Along Pegasus Bridge

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I: Pegasus Bridge

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J: Standing on Pegasus Bridge

by Robert Bilsland, 6.2 km away

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This panorama was taken in France

This is an overview of France

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.

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