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D-Day Diary - 3rd Week of May 1944

15 May 1944. General Montgomery briefs Allied senior officers on the D-Day plan at St Paul's School, London.

tank movements on d-day

18 May 1944. Cassino and the monastery on Monte Cassino captured.

18 May 1944. The 4th/7th Dragoon Guards move to Hursley Park, near Romsey in Hampshire to begin final preparations for D-Day. These final moves of the various regiments were extremely complicated but everyone involved remarks on how well ordered it was. Sites such as Hursley Park would be designated Concentration Areas. Here the regiments got together and crews went through the initial stages of applying waterproofing to their tanks; a process described by 7th Armoured Division as 'hard, dirty and monotonous work'.

working on tanks for d-day

The next stage was a move to the Marshalling Area. Here the vehicles were sorted into Landing Craft loads and the final stages of waterproof sealing were done. Each landing craft had a serial number and, when this was called over the Tannoy, the relevant vehicles would move off to the dockside.

19 May 1944. The Great Escape; 79 Allied airmen escape through a tunnel from Stalag Luft III near Sagan. Three got away, 26 were sent back to PoW camps but 50 were killed at Gorlitz by the Gestapo.

tank movements on d-day

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