DDay & Dorset
THE DECEPTION PLAN
Deception was an essential element in the Normandy invasion. OPERATION FORTITUDE was intended to deceive the enemy into believing that the massive Allied attack would be launched across the narrow straits of Dover in the Pas de Calais Area.
The allied bombers struck the area repeatedly and many dummy military armaments were deployed in South-East England. Dummygliders were dispersed on Kentish Airfields and wooden imitation landing craft were moored on the River Thames. These helped to deceive the enemy reconnaissance planes.
A vast volume of fake wireless traffic representing troop movements was transmitted from vans travelling around the Home Counties. Equipment was specially designed to make it appear that there were twice as many wireless sets in the area. The illusion was to convince Hitler that the US 3rd Army was in the area when in reality it was 150 miles away in Cheshire.
FORTITUDE was so successful that it kept valuable German armour and infantry tied up in the Pas de Calais area until several weeks after D-Day. Hitler was convinced that OVERLORD was the deception plan and the real attack would follow later.
Find out how the Royal Signallers of the highly secret 5 Wireless Group deceived the German Army using Playback Wire Recorders and the Number 19 Set.
PEGASUS BRIDGE, 6th AIRBOURNE DIVISION
Members of the Division at TARRANT RUSHTON Airfield Near
Blandford, in front of their Hamilcar glider. They were amongst the first troops to land in France early in the morning of 6th June 1944.
AirborneSignallers played a critical part in the taking of Pegasus Bridge. Find out how Corporal Waters earned his Military Medal by laying a vital line link across the bridge under enemy fire.
ROYAL SIGNALS LINEMAN
Royal Signals Linemen using existing poles in Caen shortly after D-Day. Lines and Cables were used extensively throughout the Allied advance into Europe often taking advantage of German and civilian facilities that had been abandoned.
The Museum displays also comprises interactive videos and photographic displays of Dorset,D-Day and beyond.