Force B (Follow-up) Assembly area, Helford, Cornwall.

Address2 Kennel Cottages, Treath, Helford, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6LB, UK
Location typeTroop Embarkation Site
AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access Information?The site can be seen along either side of the River Banks between Helford and Mawnan.
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In the weeks leading up to D-Day, Naval Ships, Landing Crafts, along with their Crews were sent to Falmouth in Cornwall. The reason for this being was that the Landing Crafts would be loaded up with soldier, tanks, jeeps and equipment which would be landed on the Normandy Beaches. Following this, the Naval Vessels and Landing Crafts all assembled in the Helford River, and then awaited their order to head towards Normandy.

However, Force ‘B’ did not take part in the initial landing on the Beaches. They were to act as the follow-up force which would back up the American Forces which had already landed on the Beaches (Utah and Omaha) and secured them.

The Follow-up Force would then land on the Beaches and act as the driving force to lead the attack inland and secure vital targets and link up the Allied Beaches. In this case, the targets for the American Forces were Sainte-Mère-Église, river crossings along the River Merderet and Point du Hoc.

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