D-Day 75: Portsmouth landmarks and the roles they played in D-Day
PORTSMOUTH is preparing to be the focal point of the D-Day anniversary events.
By Matthew Mohan-Hickson
Friday, 31st May 2019, 12:58 pm
Updated Friday, 31st May 2019, 1:14 pm
Portsmouth landmarks roles in D-Day
And some of the city’s most famous landmarks played huge roles in the Normandy Landings. From treating troops to building the artificial harbours used to land on the beaches of France.
This hospital was another place where troops injured in Normandy were treated. Mostly it was used to treat burn cases and lightly wounded soldiers.
While you may use this station to catch a train, back during the build up to D-Day this was where allied troops boarded the ships to head to Normandy.
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These barracks were used by the American troops in the run up to D-Day and housed the Engineer, Chemical, Ordnance, Postal and Bakery units.
Now a top shopping destination, during WW2 this was where HMS Vernon was based. It was the base for part of Force S and for the Motor Torpedo Boats, which protected the flanks during D-Day.
This building in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, served as the Embarkation Area Headquarters for Portsmouth and it was wear they co-ordinated the loading of troops onto boats in the city for the landings.
St Mary's Hospital was one of the places where casualties from the Normandy landings were treated in June 1944.
Originally built to treat casualties during the First World War. QA was used to treat wounded soldiers brought back from Normandy during the D-Day invasion.
The Inter-Service Training and Development Centre was set up at Fort Cumberland in 1938 with the aim of conducting experiments for landing troops on enemy shores. It was bombed by Germans in 1940 and eight marines were killed.
Now known as the Historic Dockyard, this is where many of the landing ships and specialist ships used during Normandy Landings were modified. Parts of the Mulberry Harbours were also built here.
This was one of the sites where Allied troops boarded the crafts to take them to Normandy for the D-Day. Temporary scaffolding piers were built during this time.
Components for the Mulberry Harbours, which were the artificial harbours used by troops in the Normandy Landings, were built here. While many landing barges were also moored here in the build up to D-Day.
Troops who were injured in Normandy and were brought back to Portsmouth for treatment were put on trains at this station and sent to hospitals out of the city for medical care.