Force L (Follow-up) Assembly area, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

AddressLeonard Road, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7LX, UK
Location typeOther
AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access Information?The site can be seen from the North and South Banks of the River Thames.
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In the weeks leading up to D-Day, Naval Ships, Landing Crafts, along with their crews were sent to Tilbury Docks in Essex. 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 between Southend-On-Sea and Sheerness, and then made their way towards Normandy.

However, Force ‘L’ 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 British and Commonwealth Forces which had already landed on the Beaches (Sword, Juno and Gold) 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 Commonwealth Forces were Caen and Bayeux. Both of which were not secured on the 6th of June.

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