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The Transforming technology of war

Amphibious operations

Image from cover of "History of the waterproofing of A and B vehicles and equipment" by Brig HR Howard", a whimsical drawing showing the vehicle being operated by mermaidsAmphibious landing vehicle - with mermaids (1945)

The history of amphibious operations reflects the complex and risky business of naval landings. 

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives has a good collection of material relating to the landings at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915 which proved a failure in the end. 

Twenty-nine years later, D-Day operations and the invasion of Normandy, in contrast, made use of innovative engineering to provide the Allies with a technological edge, not least to clear beaches of mines and other defences and facilitate the landing of men and materiel. 


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