TOUR – Port en bessin

Liberated by No. 47 (Royal Marine) Commando on June 7th, this nice fishing port marks the limit between the British sector and the American sector.

Port-en-Bessin had been chosen by the Allies to become the main port for fuel deliveries to Normandy until Cherbourg would be liberated. Codenamed PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean or Pipeline Underwater Transport of Oil), the ‘minor system’ became operational two weeks after D-Day and kept working until the ‘major system’ was put in place in Cherbourg in September of 1944.