Creech Woods near Denmead were used for assembly camps A11 and A12, which had space for 3,850 men and 300 vehicles. These camps were used to house men immediately before they set sail for Normandy. In the days and weeks before D-Day the camps were closed to civilians, and the road at Bunkers Hill was sealed off.
Men from a number of different units were camped in Creech Woods before D-Day, among them General Sir Bernard Montgomery’s Tactical Headquarters and the Headquarters of the 3rd British Infantry Division. Eyewitness accounts refer to lines of tanks parked along the road through the woods. The 2nd Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment was camped in Creech Woods before moving elsewhere on 2 June, when they were replaced by Canadian Troops of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, who landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. After D-Day Creech Woods were also used as a Prisoner of War camp for German troops captured in Normandy.
The remains of some of the camp buildings can be seen today.
|Address||Bunkers Hill, Denmead, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 6UB, UK|
|Location type||Troop Camp|
|Site Ownership and Access Information||Managed by the Forestry Commission|
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