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Lepe Country Park

Lepe Country Park is a pleasant but unremarkable bit of beach with fine views across the Solent. That is until you walk a little way east to Stansore Point.

Stansore Point

Location

New_forest Map

OS Ref: SZ 465 989

Last Visited: 2014

The Rolling Track Walls

The Rolling Track Walls

It seems extraordinary that here at Stansore Point, miles away from anywhere, a temporary manufacturing facility could have been set up to produce six of the giant B2 Phoenix Caissons that formed part of the temporary Mulberry Harbours used to off load the cargo needed for the invasion of Normandy.

Winching Gear Bases

Winching Gear Bases

Although partly washed away, the main Construction Platforms form a line 374 metres long, 11m wide and 1.3m high large enough to construct all six caissons simultaneously.

On either side are the Rolling-track Walls which carried timber rails, and were used to winch the caissons to the launching area. The bases on which the winching gear was mounted still survive.

The Pier 'Dolphins'

The Pier 'Dolphins'

Also visible are a pair of "Dolphins" which formed part of a pier head used to load ships departing for Normandy, and also, one suspects, to bring in the large quantity of materials needed for the construction of the site.

Two of the Phoenix Caissons made it back to Weymouth after the war and can still be seen in Portland Harbour.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • D-Day
      A history of D-Day on Lepe Beach
      http://www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/lepe/lepe-seeanddo/lepe-history-2/lepe-dday.htm

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D-Day Memorial

Location

New_forest Map

OS Ref: SZ 457 985

Last Visited: 2014

Sitting on the top of the cliff at the edge of the main car park is this anchor and a plaque which reads:

The D-Day Memorial

The D-Day Memorial

In memory of those who gave their lives during the D-Day Invasion of 1944 when thousands of Allied Troops departed from these shores.
This anchor commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day landings was presented by Fawley Parish Council in their centenary year.
Hampshire County Council - June 1994

A second smaller plaque has been added which reads:

1944-2009
This plaque was dedicated on 28th June 2009 to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of D-Day
'WE WILL REMEMBER THEM'
Unveiled by Dr Julian Lewis M.P.

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Royal Dragoon Guards Memorial

Location

New_forest Map

OS Ref: SZ 465 988

Last Visited: 2014

Attached to the side of one of the Winding Gear Bases at Stansore Point is a plaque which reads:

4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Memorial

4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Memorial

4th/7th ROYAL DRAGOON GUARDS
On 3rd June 1944 the Regiment left from here to land on D-Day 5 minutes before the main assault on GOLD BEACH in Sherman amphibious Duplex Drive tanks for the campaign in NW Europe
In proud memory of our comrades and the 124 who did not return to these shores.
Quis Separabit
The Creully Club

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • The Creully Club: 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards
      "The Creully Club was established for all those who served in the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards with the purpose of renewing old comradeships and also to remember our friends who were killed in action."
      http://www.creullyclub.freeuk.com/

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JW

Seen the new memorial, when was it erected.