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COPP Memorial

COPP Memorial Hayling

The COPP Memorial at Hayling. The Combined Operations Pilotage Parties (COPP) memorial on Hayling Island is a reminder of how the bravery of a few people had such a huge impact on WWII. The Combined Operations Pilotage Parties were made up of members of all three services, the Royal Navy, the Royal Airforce and the…

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D-Day from Liphook to Southwick and Southampton WW2

#DDAY70 Red Arrows and a clear blue sky an enormous surge of energy and emotion #DDAY70 Portsmouth Hants UK
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Hampshire was full of troops equipment and there was a sense of a huge buildup, the population had been drilled on security but speculation was growing something ‘BIG’ was going to happen. What was it like for the residents of Hampshire as finally these massive resources and numbers of troops mobilised for the big push? Something “BIG” was going to happen but when? One of a series of posts marking Hampshire and its role and experience of the run-up to D-Day.

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Portsmouth Remembers D-Day

D-DAY
This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Thousands of people came to Portsmouth to remember the 156,000 Allied troops who left the shores of southern England, launching themselves into the choppy sea of the Solent before landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans.

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Preparing Southampton for D-Day

Southampton, D-Day
This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

The city of Southampton and its docks were critical to the success or failure of Operation Overlord and D- Day. The city that had been devastated by air raids, somehow managed to become the greatest naval and military port the world had ever seen.

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D-Day Gathering

Hampshire was at the centre of D-Day Preparations as the massive force embarked for Normandy
This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Making ready for Overlord in Hampshire, with troops massing on the South Coast, Eisenhower moving into Southwick House and Admiral Ramsay running Neptune from Southwick Fort. Who was in your area around the time of Mid-May to 6th June there was lots of hearsay but has your village or town got a story to tell?

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Droxford WW2 and the Royal Ulster Rifles

Droxford D - Day
This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

In the run up to D-Day Droxford was home to troops near and far including the 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. By kind permission of the official history site for the 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, we are able to share some images from May 1944.

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Droxford and D-Day

Plaque memorial Droxford
This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

The unassuming village of Droxford in the Meon Valley played host to one of WW2’s most important meetings between the worlds leaders including Churchill and Eisenhower, just prior to the D-Day landings

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