Marley contributed pre-cast concrete panels used to make these. The concrete had to withstand a 5000lb per square inch compressive strength for buffeting in the sea and protect the reinforcement from the corrosive seawater. A staggering 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles and 4 million tons of supplies went ashore via this construction. Sections of the Mulberry survive to this day and can be seen in the sea off Arromanches, the town where some of the biggest commemorations were held this month with World leaders in attendance.
Marley were recently contacted by Mr.J.Thomas-Llewellyn, from Reading University, asking if we could provide him with any information about Marley’s involvement. He has written a major document about the Mulberry and is due to address an international Normandy 75th conference later this year. We were delighted to assist him, and in return he told us that he had recently found and interviewed the last surviving engineer for the project from 1944. This gentleman specifically recalled Marley’s involvement in carrying out their duties as the waterproofing specialists for the Mulberry project.
We should all be very proud of what our predecessors achieved!