Author Topic: Post-DDay food supplies?  (Read 395 times)

Offline bykerlads

  • RootsChat Aristocrat
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,083
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Post-DDay food supplies?
« on: Saturday 11 November 17 18:45 GMT (UK) »
I am interested to find out how the troops, who survived the D-Day landings and thence pushed forward across France into Germany, were supplied with food and water etc.
Can anyone point me to relevant sources, publications, books?
Was there any immediate effective vitalling system or did the men just have to forage as they went along?
I visited Port-en-Bassen, near the American War Cemetery at Omaha beach. This little sea port was apparently used as the harbour for fuel supplies. Well worth a visit. ( it also has a beach made entirely of scallop shells and and unusual scallop " midden" where discarded shells have built up over the years)
Just wondering where all the food for the troops came from.

RootsChat is the busiest, largest free family history forum site in the country. It is completely free to use. Register now.
Also register instantly with Facebook or Twitter (and other social networks). Start your genealogy search now.


Offline Guy Etchells

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 3,495
    • View Profile
Re: Post-DDay food supplies?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 11 November 17 20:10 GMT (UK) »
As with any war supplying the troops was a combination of foraging and a huge supply train. The supply train not only had to supply food and water but ammunition fuels and replacement men and equipment. One such plan was the Red Ball Express http://www.rootschat.com/links/01l1i/
Unable to use French deep water ports due to damage & mines the D-Day bridgeheads depended to a large extent on the two Mulberry harbours built on D-Day, unfortunately a storm on the 19 June severely damaged one (Mulberry "B" ) of these limiting the supply network.
http://www.rootschat.com/links/01l1j/

Cheers
Guy

PS there are many utube clips and films featuring the Redball Express
http://anguline.co.uk/Framland/index.htm   The site that gives you facts not promises!
http://burial-inscriptions.co.uk Tombstones & Monumental Inscriptions.

As we have gained from the past, we owe the future a debt, which we pay by sharing today.

RootsChat is the busiest, largest free family history forum site in the country. It is completely free to use. Register now.
Also register instantly with Facebook or Twitter (and other social networks). Start your genealogy search now.


Offline bykerlads

  • RootsChat Aristocrat
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,083
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Post-DDay food supplies?
« Reply #2 on: Monday 13 November 17 20:28 GMT (UK) »
Thanks, Guy. Really interesting info.