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The Magic Boxes of D-Day: How One Humble Invention Helped Make Operation Neptune Possible

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Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science +7

This presentation will focus on how technology can be simple but when employed in an innovative fashion, also transformative.

Presenter: Frank Blazich, Jr., PhD; Lead Curator of Military History at the National Museum of American History

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U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

"Slickest Trick of the War" - William Bradford Huie

William Bradford, Huie, Saturday Evening Post, via U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

Assembly Manual for Pontoon Gear - Revision of August 1942

U.S. Navy, via U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Port Hueneme, CA

Captain Laycock with his cigar box model

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Port Hueneme, CA

Captain John N. Laycock with his cigar box concept model

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Port Hueneme, CA

Navy Landing Pontoon Cigar Box Concept Model

Division of Political and Military History, National Museum of American History