Monday, July 13, 2015

Evidence of D Day in Normandy Sand

There's an intriguing slideshow at The New Yorker about the work of Donald Weber, a photographer represented by a Toronto-based gallery, and Kevin Robbie, a physicist at Queen's University, who have documented evidence of the D Day landings in 1944:

War Sands Iron Sphere

The iron bead, shown above, has scratches that likely formed as it was cooling immediately after an explosion.  Perhaps most tellingly, the article reminds us this important fact:
There are clear traces of the landings still in the sand, including tiny pieces of shrapnel and nearly perfect spheres of iron and glass, flash-melted in explosions and quickly hardened again. In some parts of the Normandy coast, they are the only physical reminders of the war. In another hundred years, they will likely be gone.