Assembly & Transit Maps - Overlord

Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by Buteman, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

  2. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Next step, to find some photos of the old greyhound stadium.

    Here's one from 1940!

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  3. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    That's a great photo.
    I think we have all heard of the 'closed' areas, mainly on the South Coast prior to D Day but I have only recently become aware of the extent of assembly areas elsewhere - including those for Tilbury - which are close to where I live.
    Given the scattered nature and huge security issues these assemblies must have caused it is even more amazing that details of D Day appears to have remained a well kept secret.

    Great photos of the maps by the way Rob, brilliant finds in the Archives.
     
  4. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    There are files for Southern, South Eastern, Eastern & Western Commands in the archives at Kew. These are the file numbers for those who want to look at them themselves if they visit Kew.

    WO199/1400 - Assembly and Transit areas: Eastern Command maps
    WO199/1401 - Assembly and Transit areas: South Eastern Command maps
    WO199/1402 - Assembly and Transit areas: Southern Command maps
    WO199/1403 - Assembly and Transit areas: Western Command maps

    I'll post the Eastern Map asap
     
  5. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

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  6. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

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  7. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

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  8. DannyM

    DannyM Member

    Hi,
    Below is a map showing the “Masefield” Assembly Area circled in green.

    As you thought it was in the Juno Beach area.

    “Homer” is in the Sword Beach area just outside Ouistreham.

    Regards

    Danny

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  9. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Hi,
    Below is a map showing the “Masefield” Assembly Area circled in green.

    As you thought it was in the Juno Beach area.

    “Homer” is in the Sword Beach area just outside Ouistreham.

    Regards

    Danny

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    Brilliant Danny. I've been trying to find the location for 8 years. You've more than made my day.:D

    Were these maps in the files at Kew? It mentions 102 Sub Beach Area and the Sub-Beach Area files were going to be my next things to look at.

    Kind regards - Rob
     
  10. DannyM

    DannyM Member

    Hello Rob,
    Glad to hear the maps were of use. I know what its like trying to track down something like this.

    The map is at Kew. It is in CAB 106/1026 - RE Battlefield Tour, Normandy to the Seine.


    I have not had a chance to look at any of the 102 Beach Group War Diaries yet so Don’t what information they have in them. I did find the Sword Beach maps in one of the Brigade HQ War Diaries. Let me know if you want me to post the map with the Sword Beach Assembly Areas on it.


    Below are are a couple of wartime maps covering the Juno Beach area Masefield was in.


    Regards


    Danny

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  11. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    HI Danny,

    Thanks for the file reference. If you can post the Sword Assembly map showing Homer, that will complete my research on where 102 LAA Regt landed and assembled in Normandy prior to deployment.

    Regards - Rob
     
  12. Brian Smith

    Brian Smith Junior Member

    I have just found this thread whilst searching for information on Juno (and what a lot there is).

    The maps on the MAs are great. I have the sketch of the "T" MAs (thank you) but just wonder if there is a copy of a map available for the "T" MAs as those posted for the Eastern Command areas?


    Thank you
    Brian
     
  13. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    I have not found one, other than the trace map.
     
  14. Brian Smith

    Brian Smith Junior Member

    Rob, cheers Brian
     
  15. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    A few refs re. Brockenhurst

    Re. Marshalling area "B" in the New Forest: New Forest connections

    D-Day marshalling area camp B7, Brockenhurst

    D-Day marshalling area camp B8, Brockenhurst

    Nearby "Balmer Lawn" & "Balmer Hotel" : New Forest Heritage

    Re. Nearby Balmer Hotel...
    PHOTOS: Secret D-Day documents found at hotel 70 after years

    With...

    Balmer Lawn036A.jpg

    And re. the nearby B9...
    D-Day Camp at Stanswood Bay. Marshalling Camp B9 – New Forest Knowledge


    Brockenhurst tag at IWM

    Search | Imperial War Museums

    Search our collection | Imperial War Museums

    Including: i.e.

    PREPARATIONS FOR D-DAY NEAR THE INVASION EMBARKATION PORTS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND (PART 3) [Allocated Title]

    Additionally:

    SRY war diary 13th May 1944 - "A Bde Parade was held at Brockenhurst in honour of a visit by the Supreme Commander. He arrived dead on time, spent litte time on the inspection, and addressed a few pointed words to the troops before leaving. He made a very good impression on the troops."
     
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