A User Requirement Document – Piers for Use on Beaches

Piers for Use on Beaches - Winston Churchill Memo

Before any piece of equipment can be developed or purchased there has to be some form of requirements setting exercise.

A masterpiece of of ‘getting to the point’, this memo from Winston Churchill sets out the requirements for the Mulberry harbour system that would be used for the Allied landings in Normandy.

From May 1942

Piers for Use on Beaches - Winston Churchill Memo
Piers for Use on Beaches – Winston Churchill Memo

To June 1944

Mulberry harbour Arromanches
Mulberry harbour Arromanches

Some might think Mulberry was a relatively simple ‘engineering’ problem but there were many innovative and boundary pushing elements that needed some measure of research and development.

Requirement to deployment in 2 years

FRES, Type 26, F35…

It even took a year to get this into service

A Springer support vehicle is pictured leading a Quad Bike Bike Springer will have a crew of two and the ability to carry a combat load of one tonne. Its role is specifically focused on moving combat supplies from helicopter landing sites into the forward operating bases. Quad bikes are also enable fast & convenient resupply in theatres of operation by towing a trailer.
A Springer support vehicle is pictured leading a Quad Bike Bike
Springer will have a crew of two and the ability to carry a combat load of one tonne. Its role is specifically focused on moving combat supplies from helicopter landing sites into the forward operating bases.
Quad bikes are also enable fast & convenient resupply in theatres of operation by towing a trailer.

Where did it all go wrong?

[A more detailed memo, with thanks to Becket Rankine]

Mulberry Harbour memo

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