Digital Models Made of WWII Technology

There is no overstating the importance of WWII technology to the victory of the Allies in 1945. It has now been almost seventy years since then, with that amount of time having passed since the D-Day invasions in Normandy. In honor of the Normandy landings, French software engineers have worked on creating digital models of the landings crafts as well as other important WWII technology used in the historic invasion.

The models were created for the television series “Nova” and have been reviewed by professionals involved in real-life engineering. The Dassault software utilized in the modeling of the WWII technology is used for real-world applications as well, often employed in the design of actual vehicles such as planes as well as less expected products such as diapers. This is not Dassault’s first foray into history, as they have previously examined the construction of the Egyptian pyramids as well as several historic landmarks in France.

They tend to work using true-to-life measurements gained from the studying of blueprints and other documentation. In this case, they thought outside of the box a little bit by even using scans of sunken watercraft in their efforts to accurately capture the marine innovations being simulated. This allowed them to examine such WWII technology as the Mulberry harbors, which played a vital role in getting Allied troops onto the beaches of Normandy during the invasion. They had to use such data for the digital reconstructions, as little to no vehicle types used in the invasion can be found in their original states today.

Not all of the vehicles reconstructed by Dassault were meant for marine usage. They also reconstructed several aircraft, specifically the Waco gliders used to deploy land-based assault vehicles and their personnel. Dassault is fully dedicated to the better understanding of WWII technology, how it worked, and how it benefitted the war effort in a major way. They currently have plans to take some of their televised models, such as the Mulberry harbors, and turn them into fully interactive simulations, the Boston Globe reports.

The WWII technology honored by Dassault helped clinch the outcome of the Normandy landings, which otherwise might have been thwarted by German defenses. These models and simulations will give the public a glimpse at war relics which do not fully exist in their original state anymore. This means that Dassault has provided possibly the only means available to discover what some of this WWII technology truly would have looked like in its time.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE