Marshalling Area headquarters, Balmer Lawn

AddressBrockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZB, UK
Location typeHeadquarters Site
Site Ownership and Access InformationThe House is now a Hotel. It is shown on the attached map as a rectangular flag with two tails.
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Balmer Lawn was the Headquarters of Marshalling Area B, covering the New Forest. Many Allied troops waited for D-Day in camps throughout the New Forest. Some of these embarked at Lepe, to the south of the New Forest, whereas others used embarkation sites to the east or west, particularly Southampton. This group of camps was known as Marshalling Area B.

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. The troops bound for landing on D-Day were followed by forces who would be landing on subsequent days, forming a steady stream moving down towards the south coast that in many places continued for months.

View on the D-Day On Your Doorstep map