D-Day marshalling area camp C15, Broadlands

AddressRomsey, Hampshire SO51 9LB, UK
Location typeTroop Camp
Site Ownership and Access InformationThe site of Camp C15 is to the west of the A27 Southampton Road, and is inside the Broadlands Estate, part of which can be visited by the public (see website for set opening times).
Contact detailsPart of the Broadlands Estate can be visited by the public (see website for set opening times).

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Camp C15 at Broadlands had a capacity of 1,250 men and 180 vehicles. The camps of Marshalling Area C were mainly located to the north of Southampton. Many of the Allied troops who camped in this area embarked for Normandy from that city’s docks.

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.

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