New Forest Background

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Few people realise the important role that the New Forest played in World War II. Its strategic location on the south coast meant that the New Forest was crucial in a range of operations and is home to a wide range of World War II installation. Whilst some of these are still visible today, many have been hidden by soil and vegetation or lost during land management activities. There where many aspects off the war that happened in the new forest, there main operations the the new forest played a big part in was the fact they had many airfields, along with airfields they played a part in the D-day landings and the new forest is home to a bombing range. Stoney Cross airfield was one of the larger wartime airfields within the New Forest, and was active between the years 1943 to 1946, with post-war activities continuing until its closure in '48. From 1944 onwards, Stoney Cross changed role from being a major fighter and bomber base to playing host to Transport Command, and saw many troops…show more content…
It played an important role in the war and was a major base for Spitfire and Typhoon fighters. Away from the airfield site on a tree-covered hill the remains of Battle Headquarters can still be found, a stark reminder of the area's wartime history. All of the airfields wee used by the UK royal air force and USA air forces. At Ibsley it was home to typhoons and spitfires, Beaulieu mainly hosted bomber and fighter planes and Stoney Cross dealt with aircraft carries and squadrons. Despite having many airfields, the new forest was home to many decoy sites, these proved very useful especially at night time a when the Germans tried to bomb the airfields, they made the decoy sites very bright this drew the bombers attention to these sites so they dropped there bombs on plain fields instead of on planes and citizens. These decoys sites are at Denney Lodge and
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