D-Day marshalling area camps C16 and C17, Nightingale Wood

Camps C16 and C17 at Nightingale Wood had a total capacity of 3,250 men and 465 vehicles. Camp C22 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.

AddressNursling, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 0XX, UK
CountyHampshire
Location typeTroop Camp
AccessPrivate
Site Ownership and Access InformationPart of the area can be seen from public roads. Please respect the privacy of the current landowners.
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