Although there were geological maps these didn't give enough fine detail and even after careful planning things had to be changed only a month before D-Day because a storm shifted the surface layers. My dad was flown over the beaches at great risk to try and make out the nature of the ground and take photos but this didn't show enough detail and commandos had to make forays on to the beaches to get samples.An archive of geologically related D-Day material is on display at the University of Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum with a particular emphasis on the work of Prof Fred Shotton.
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