Aftermath pp 151-157 | Cite as

D-Day Preparatory Sites in England

  • John Schofield

Between midnight on 6 June (D-Day) and 30 June 1944, over 850,000 men landed on the invasion beachheads of Normandy, together with nearly 150,000 vehicles and 570,000 tons of supplies. Assembled in camps and transit areas over the preceding months, this force was dispatched from a string of sites along Britain's coastline between East Anglia and South Wales (Dobinson 1996b: 2). This short chapter describes those monuments surviving in England which represent the preparations and embarkation for the Normandy invasions of 1944 (see Dobinson et al. 1997 and earlier chapters for a summary of the wider project of which this study forms a part).

Contrary to what has been said previously (e.g. Wills 1994), much of this archaeological record does survive including examples of all types of site constructed or adapted to serve Operation Neptune – the assault phase of Overlord– which represented the springboard for the Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. However, there are variations in...


Construction Site Principal Aspect Commemoration Service Landing Ship Outer Harbour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.English HeritageSwindonUnited Kingdom

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