Force L (Follow-up) Loading area, Tilbury, Essex

AddressSaint Andrew's Road, Tilbury, Essex RM18 7AE, UK
Location typeTroop Embarkation Site
Site Ownership and Access Information?The site is still acting as a dock and is not accessible to the general public.
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In the weeks leading up to D-Day, Naval ships and landing craft along with their crews were sent to Tilbury Docks in Essex so that they could be loaded up with soldiers, vehicles and equipment which would be landed on the Normandy Beaches.

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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