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Mastodon, HMS

The Exbury Estate in the New Forest played an important role in the strategic planning of D-Day. Exbury House was designated as HMS Mastodon from May 1942 to July 1945. Mastodon was responsible for the administration of victualling, arming and training of crews for the landing craft that were used in the amphibious assaults against occupied Europe, D-Day.