D-Day marshalling area camps, B5 and B6, Knights Copse

AddressEast Boldre, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7WR, UK
Location typeTroop Camp
Site Ownership and Access Information?The area of the camp is private property. Part of the site can be seen from the nearby public road.
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Camps B5 and B6 in Knights Copse had a capacity of 2,220 men and 318 vehicles. Many of the Allied troops who camped in this area embarked for Normandy from either the nearby New Forest coast or from Southampton.

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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