D-Day marshalling area camps C1 and C2, Harefield and Moorhill

AddressWest End, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 3JT, UK
Location typeTroop Camp
Site Ownership and Access InformationThe site of the camps has since been built on, and is now under housing. Part of the area can be seen from public roads. Please respect the privacy of the current residents.
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Camp C1 at Harefield had a capacity of 1,500 men and 210 vehicles. The camp was located to the west of west of the A27 at Kanes Hill. Camp C2 at Moorhill had space for 2,500 men and 360 vehicles. Camp C3 was also nearby. 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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