Today, we celebrated a birthday by going across to Southsea. They went to the amusement arcades, I paid a visit to the D-Day Museum. I didn’t have enough time to go in to the museum, but I did have a browse of the shop. I was looking at the books. I bought a Haines Manual – the D-Day Operations Manual. An interest is what happened in Gosport in preparation for that moment.
Mulberry Harbour Caissons were built in Stokes Bay. troops and equipment were amassing in Gosport. Some streets had been especially widened to accommodate that. Measures were put in place to accommodate the boarding of the troops and equipment on the beaches, just doing it on the stoney beach would not be practical.
Just on this one topic alone, Gosport was one town of many which played a critical role in enabling D-Day, there is so much history here. I want to explore just a little bit of it. Not to produce a book or a website that I highlighted to you last night (#494), but just to express my views about what I am seeing and the occasional comment on the facts.
I bought another book on e-Bay, this one is specifically about Gosport’s role in the events leading up to e-bay. The book was due to be delivered during the first week in January but I realised that the seller is in Portsmouth, so I asked if were practical and possible to pick the book up, and it was. So I did get the book today,m which is excellent.