D Day at Lymington Quay - a little bit of history

70 years on, Lymington remembered as D-Day embarkation point

A little bit of local Lymington history, as the 70 years anniversary of D Day approaches.


I's timely to remember that Lymington Town Quay was used as an embarkation point for troops and had space for two ‘Landing Craft, Tank’ (LCT) or ‘Landing Craft, Infantry (Large)’ or LCI(L).


Many Allied troops waited for D-Day in camps throughout the New Forest. Some of these embarked here at Lymington, others used embarkation sites to the east or west, particularly Southampton. This group of camps was known as Marshalling Area B.


From 31 May onwards, and according to a highly detailed timetable, troops began to make their way down to the coast and embark onto the ships and landing craft that would take them to Normandy. Vehicles were often loaded earlier, and troops on foot embarked only just before D-Day. The troops bound for landing on D-Day were followed by forces who would be landing on subsequent days, forming a steady stream moving down towards the south coast that in many places continued for months.


If anybody has any photos going back this far, do send some to us.  We're also looking for a local historian who'd be interested in writing articles for us so if you know of anybody who might be interested please let us know!


Meanwhile iff you'd like to know more about the events surrounding D Day, visit the fascinating  http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/ - might be worth venturing out of Lymington to Portsmouth for a visit, too!



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