Bury Lodge south of Hambledon was used for assembly camp A10, which had space for 1,000 men and 150 vehicles. These camps were used to house men immediately before they set sail for Normandy. A number of different units were camped at Bury Lodge, including the Headquarters of the 9th British Infantry Brigade, 101 Beach Sub Area, 9 Port Operating Group and 18 GHQ Troops of the Royal Engineers.
Troops were based at many of these camps for weeks or even several months before D-Day. At the end of May, the camps were sealed, meaning that the troops inside were not allowed to leave. This was a step to minimise the risk that enemy spies – or the British public – might realise that D-Day was drawing very near. 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. Once the troops landing on D-Day itself had left the camps, forces who would be landing on subsequent days took their place, forming a steady stream moving down towards the south coast that in many places continued for months. Later on, some of the camps were reused for other purposes, such as for holding enemy prisoners of war.
|Address||Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 4QL, UK|
|Location type||Troop Camp|
|Site Ownership and Access Information||Private residence - the camp was the in the area east of the B2150 Hambledon Road.|
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