Hampshire at War

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Explores the county's part in Operation Overlord and the Battle of Britain and its involvement in the manufacture of the Spitfire Covers Portsmouth, Hayling Island, Southwick, Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hamble-le-Rice, Woolston, Eastleigh, Southampton, Beaulieu, Calshot, Lepe, Brokenhurst, Ringwood, New Forest, Winchester, Stockbridge, Middle Wallop, Andover, Chilbolton, Basingstoke, Odiham, Farnborough and Aldershot.

In the early hours of 6 June 1944, Allied troops landed on ...

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Overview

Explores the county's part in Operation Overlord and the Battle of Britain and its involvement in the manufacture of the Spitfire Covers Portsmouth, Hayling Island, Southwick, Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hamble-le-Rice, Woolston, Eastleigh, Southampton, Beaulieu, Calshot, Lepe, Brokenhurst, Ringwood, New Forest, Winchester, Stockbridge, Middle Wallop, Andover, Chilbolton, Basingstoke, Odiham, Farnborough and Aldershot.

In the early hours of 6 June 1944, Allied troops landed on the coast of northern France. Located directly opposite the Normandy beaches, Hampshire would become the main springboard for Operation Overlord, the codename for the invasion of Europe. But in telling the story of Hampshire at War we go right back to the start of hostilities, on a geographical journey around many locations in the county that were somehow involved.

We see how Southampton embarked the British Expeditionary Force at the start of the war, yet played a crucial role in its evacuation from Dunkirk; how both Southampton and Portsmouth were heavily bombed during the Blitz but later important departure points during D-Day, the former for American troops, and the latter British and Canadian; we look at the important industries of the area, particularly shipbuilding and aircraft manufacturing - Hampshire was very much the home of the Spitfire; how Gosport provided the Royal Navy with everything it needed from food to ammunition, as well as being the country's main submarine base; we look at some of the defenses that were built in 1940 to protect the country from invasion, particularly the Basingstoke and Ringwood Stop Lines; the part played by numerous airfields in the New Forest, at first helping to protect southern England and then taking the fight back across the Channel; the important part that Middle Wallop played during the Battle of Britain and Farnborough in keeping Britain's aircraft technology ahead of the game. Because of its location directly opposite the German front line, Hampshire was one of our most active counties during the war years and this book will go a little way to describe its varied and strategic roles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781445614045
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/19/2013
  • Series: Through Time
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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