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victor tango
9th Feb 2015, 17:51
News just coming in about the Balmer Hotel Brockenhurst undergoing refurb.
When they lifted the floor found screwed up bits of paper relating to D-Day plus One.
They have only got 2/3 of the way through it right now.

Fascinated to hear more when available.

joy ride
9th Feb 2015, 18:32
Interesting, I have known that hotel all my life, used to be the Balmer Lawn Hotel. About 50 years ago it had a terrible fire and had to re-build the top storey and roof.

Must have been used as a command and billeting post, no surprise as it is pretty big.

Cheers, will listen out for more news!

9th Feb 2015, 18:50
BBC report here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-31196524)

9th Feb 2015, 22:49
New variant of Hitlers diary :-/
How in the hell could any amount of documents get under the floorboards and why??
IRRC 'D-day' is a post-6th july term as the landings until then was codenamed 'Operation Overlord'!

Effluent Man
10th Feb 2015, 07:52
On an allied (Pun intended) note. If you are ever in Port-en-Bessin,the place where the PLUTO fuel pipe made landfall,do visit the museum on the edge of the town on the road to Bayeux. Divers have recovered a remarkable amount of stuff and it's all on display.

joy ride
10th Feb 2015, 08:11
Thanks for the link Ricardian!

tony draper
10th Feb 2015, 08:42
Did some work in a old Hotel in Otterburn once this involved getting up into the loft spaces,nobody been up there for years, it was full of old suitcases travelers trunks and the like, many with names and ranks and dates painted on the lids, all around 1944,dunno if they were full or empty,wondered at the time if they belonged to officers who had stayed there before being sent over the channel and never returned.

joy ride
10th Feb 2015, 09:36
I know some folks in a Morris Dancing side from Poole/Ringwood area called the Hobos. Was pleasantly surprised to know they were named in honour of General Percy Hobart, genius inventor of all the "Funnies" which palyed such an important part of the landings. Sadly US leaders refused to use many of them, and mis-used those that they did accept, and this was a major reason why their men got trapped and mown down on the beaches.

10th Feb 2015, 10:16
IRRC 'D-day' is a post-6th July term as the landings until then was codenamed 'Operation Overlord'!

Yes the invasion was codenamed 'Overlord', but the date planned for it would certainly have been referred to as D day at the planning stages, which in military terminology just means the date set for any operation, not just this one. Thus the 'D' simply stands for 'day' (or date). Similarly the hour at which it is planned to start is always 'H' hour.