Soil Sampling at Sword Beach in Normandy, France, 1943: How Geotechnical Engineering Influenced the D-Day Invasion

by William D. Lawson, Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Associate professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2020, Vol. 24, Issue 2, Pg. 34-38, 40-41

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: When the World paused last summer to remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day, many of us were gripped by stories, both heroic and horrific, told about the Allied invasion of Normandy’s beaches. One of these stories, effectively dramatized in Steven Spielberg’s 1998 Academy-award winning film, Saving Private Ryan, had to do with the return of a U.S. Army private to his mother, an Iowa farm wife who had already lost three sons to the war. The factual narrative that provided inspiration for Saving Private Ryan is documented in historian Stephen Ambrose’s (1994) definitive account, D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II.

Subject Headings: Geotechnical engineering | Soil analysis | Beaches | Agriculture | France | Europe | Iowa | United States


Return to search