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Broadmayne D5. 20,21,22 June 14.

 
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PostPosted: 18 Nov 2013 20:42    Post subject: Broadmayne D5. 20,21,22 June 14. Reply with quote

This is a long one but bare with me.....

On 21/22 June 2014 Broadmayne Second World War Society’ is holding a weekend of events which will bring the village community together, both in remembrance and in a fun and educational way. With the support of the local Parish Council, Church, School, landowners and history group, we wish to turn back time in the village in order to recreate the ‘sausage camp’ or ‘marshalling area’ known as ‘D5’, where thousands of British and American personnel were based prior to sailing from the nearby ports of Weymouth and Portland for the shores of Normandy. We want to invite re-enactors representing the various regiments that were actually stationed in Broadmayne during the run up to D-Day and by utilising some of the original sites we will create a ‘living history zone’ with war-time vehicles, displays, talks by local history experts, and a 1940s evening including a big band that will be held in the village hall.

As well as this event, we want to commission two short films produced by a local production company with experience making broadcast WWII documentaries for the BBC. They will make one dramatised documentary featuring re-enactors bringing Broadmayne’s D-Day camp history to life, which we hope to premiere at the event. The company have already made a similar film featuring WWI re-enactors for the nearby Chalke Valley History Festival, which has proved to be hugely popular. This film will take the same tack, interviewing re-enactors in character as though they are waiting to be sent off for D-Day.

The second film, presented by historian James Holland, will be a traditional documentary featuring interviews from local residents that lived here during the war, incredible archive footage and photos, artefacts, documents and village locations that still bear the marks of the war. It will also encompass the living history event, capturing the village alive with the past, and the villagers’ reactions to it all. The films will serve as a record of first hand testimony and of Broadmayne’s involvement in, arguably, the war’s most famous battle, as well as an educational tool and reminder of the occasion.

The main units based in the village prior to the Normandy invasion were...

383 Engineer Battalion (Separate/Coloured), Company A
HQ Company 6th Tank Destroyer Group
2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment (1st I.D.)
2nd CAV Rcn Sqd, 18th Infantry Regiment (1st I.D.)
32nd Field Artillery Battalion 'Cannon Company' (1st I.D.)
2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion (Rudder's Rangers)
+ various US Medical Units attached to the above.

Also in and around the village at that time were RAF personell (RAF Warmwell), search light unit, AA battery, Home Guard unit and an Auxilliary unit.

This has been a couple of years in the planning with some of the 2nd Rangers lads already being 'billeted' in the village earlier this year. With the creation of the ‘Weymouth at War’ and Broadmayne being only a short drive from Weymouth seafront it is planned to combine both events by once again utilising the village as the marshalling area prior to transportation by vehicle into Weymouth along the same routes used during the period.


Just to make things clear, Broadmayne village is inviting any/all reenactors that will be in the area over the weekend 20/21/22 June to be guests of the village, with free camping and parking. The fields you will be using made up the actual tented areas of D5 and have good access for vehicles of all sizes, widths and lengths (chemical toilets will be on site). The village has a shop, petrol station, a number of B&B's and a Pub with B&B (& plenty of cider and warm ale!!). All this in a couple of minutes stroll from the camping areas.

The only planned reenactment 'event' will be the road run down into Weymouth/Portland. The idea is just to have WW2 military personnel, and civilians(!), based in the village to give the local community an idea of what the village was like back in the day. You are more than welcome to take part in any of the activities/entertainment but other than that just use the village as 'Marshalling Camp D5' and enjoy yourselves. There will be no charge for staying in the village over the weekend - all camping, parking and entertainment will be free. Just come along and enjoy yourselves - the more the merrier!

For more info you can PM me or email to broadmayneww2soc@gmail.com
Cheers
Steve
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PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013 19:13    Post subject: Broadmayne D5 & Weymouth at War. Reply with quote

Hi guys,
Just to confirm Broadmayne D5 is working alongside Weymouth at War offering re-enactors/vehicle owners a chance to literally 'follow in the footsteps' from marshalling camp to quayside following the same routes was done in June 1944. If you are interested in utilising the camp for the weekend let me know as depending on numbers I may open up a second area on site of what was D5 camp 'C'.
Cheers
Steve

broadmayneww2soc@gmail.com
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PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013 23:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's looking like we will be camped in Weymouth Docks for that weekend, sorry.
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PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013 23:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good, I'm pleased you've got somewhere sorted. If things change or you need somewhere for the Friday let me know.
Steve. Smile
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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2014 00:47    Post subject: Important... Reply with quote

I met with Dave Allen yesterday. Weymouth at War is generating a huge amount of interest and he would like you to contact him ASAP as he needs information in order to organise the areas appropriately.

Also we (D5) are considering adding Sunday night to the event in order to accomodate groups that will be travelling to Chalke Valley on Monday. A decision will be made depending on requirement.

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Steve Smile
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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2014 08:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can confirm D5 will can now offer free camping from Friday 20 through to Monday 23 June. With this in mind we have added a 'Vintage Cinema Night' on the Sunday evning.

I am currently in talks with the County Highways people with regard to opening up a section of the old Dorchester Road. If successful this will mean being able to drive the actual route taken by untis from marshalling areas D4, D5, & D9 (passing by the site of D9) to the ports of Weymouth & Portland.

Anyone interested please contact me at broadmayneww2soc@gmail.com

Steve
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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2014 15:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless you’re supplying fuel for this event your wasting your time on us Steve
Weymouth have already blow us out for a class 5 firearms man instead, witch is funny really as we probably have more weapons in our group that the firearms man has Laughing
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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2014 16:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW! That's sad about Weymouth. They are losing out with you chaps not being there.

Sadly although we are Heritage Lottery funded I doubt our money will stretch enough! Saying that, are you guys attending Chalke Valley? If so, how much would it cost for you to go via Broadmayne?! Wink
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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2014 17:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes we had offered Weymouth a display with the Brockway unloading supplies from trucks to ships on the docks ready for the invasion but it sounds like a fake battle on the beach was more appropriate than supply and troops arriving at the docks and leaving for Normandy Rolling Eyes

However we have now worked out our weekends for the year, the guys have booked there days off work for the shows we are attending and we cant commit to any others events now, we like to book our events as early as we can especially with this being a Normandy anniversary year. So sorry Steve we can’t make it to Broadmayne
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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2014 17:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

No worries. I hope the rest of your plans for the season go well. Smile
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