The D-Day Wall

At last the Maritime Archeologists are saving this wall that I blogged about in 2016! They wrote a wonderful comment at the bottom after reading it.

The D-Day veterans from the US came to visit the wall yesterday, in time for the 75th Anniversary of that battle. Blogging works!
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The boundary wall of the troop embarkation site at West Quay. © Southampton Old Lady The boundary wall of the troop embarkation site at the side of the Grand Harbour Hotel West Quay.

Visitors from around the world, but especially from North America, emerge from cruise ships at Southampton Docks and head immediately for London or Stonehenge. Many stay at the prestigious Grand Harbour Hotel on West Quay without knowing that their country’s heroes had stayed on that very piece of land before sacrificing their lives.

Southampton. The day before D-Day Southampton. The day before D-Day

Port from lift of Grand Harbour Hotel Port from lift of Grand Harbour Hotel

This historically, was the site for troops to be stationed before going off to wars, from Agincourt to The Falklands.

WW2 allied troops would have health check-ups and their vehicles disinfected. Servicemen would kill time playing cards and etching their names on the red-brick boundary wall. One of the most prolific times was when North American service personnel were stationed here during the run up to the D-Day manoeuvres.

Southampton Docks. Convoy during peparations for D-Day Southampton Docks. Convoy during preparations for…

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