Troop embarkation sites, Southampton Eastern Docks and Southampton Town Quay

AddressSouthampton SO14 3GF, UK
Location typeTroop Embarkation Site
AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access Information?Part of the area can be visited by the public, but part is still a working port and is not open to the public.
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Southampton Ocean Terminal (Eastern Docks) was used for docking larger ships during Operation Overlord, and was an embarkation point for personnel ships, hospital carriers, Motor Transport Ships, Motor Transport Coasters, Train Ferries and Stores Coasters.

Southampton Town Quay was used for embarking troops who were camped in Marshalling Area C. Three separate embarkation points were used, at the Isle of Wight and Hythe Ferry Terminals and Ocean Cruise Terminal. These embarkation points were used by LST and LCT landing craft.

Southampton was a very important embarkation site for troops bound for Normandy. Many of these troops came from the camps of Marshalling Area C, which were mainly located to the north of the city. The closest camps were on Southampton Common.

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.

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