D-Day marshalling area camp O-D, Helston area

AddressHelston, Cornwall TR13 0GA, UK
Location typeTroop Camp
AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access InformationPart of the area of the camp can be visited on public roads.
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Sausage Camp O-D stretched along the A394 from Trewennack to Rame Cross. It had a capacity of 2,800 men and 420 vehicles. US Troops were assembled in ‘Sausage Camps’ prior to D-Day, so-called as the outlines of the camps on maps looked like sausages. Troops in Marshalling Area O came from the US 29th Infantry Division, who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.

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.

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