Top secret D-Day plans found hidden under hotel's floorboards

February 25th, 2015  

Topic: Top secret D-Day plans found hidden under hotel's floorboards

Top secret D-Day plans found hidden under hotel's floorboards

Yellowing documents marked 'On His Majesty's Secret Service', were found during refurbishments of The Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst

Secret documents relating to the D-Day landings have been found under the floorboards at the Balmer Lawn Hotel Photo: M&Y News

By Telegraph reporter
9:51PM GMT 09 Feb 2015

Top secret documents giving orders for the D-Day landings have been found under hotel floorboards after being discarded by Army chiefs seventy years ago.

The Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst, Hants, was used as an army staff college during WWII and was involved in the planning of the Normandy invasion.

Half a bin bag's worth of typed documents and envelopes, some marked "On His Majesty's Secret Service", were found during refurbishments of the luxury four-star hotel.

Most are thought to relate to the Canadian military who were based at Balmer Lawn during the war.

Hotel owner Chris Wilson said: "We've found spent ammunition under floorboards before, but never this quantity of documents. It ties the hotel to its history.

"They are quite detailed and specific orders to be followed by troops on the ground."
The hotel caught fire in the 1970s, but miraculously the documents survived the huge blaze. One refers to 'D-Day 1' 7 July 1944 and mentioned difficulties in setting up a 10-mile telephone cable as troops advanced into France.

The Balmer Lawn Hotel as it looked during the Second World War (M&Y News)

A hotel spokesman said: "We are still in the process of evaluating the papers but some seem to include code on while others are more to do with the day-to-day organisation of the soldiers. One includes an invite to all personnel to attend a musical variety show.
"Perhaps of most interest are the documents that refer to the D-Day landings.
"One document refers to D-Day1 - June 7 1944 - and mentions difficulties in setting up a ten-mile telephone cable as troops continued advancing into northern France."
The documents were dusty, dirty and in bad shape but still readable.

Some of the newly discovered secret documents relating to the D-Day landings (M&Y News)

Chris added: "They're in a delicate condition and unscrunching them will have to be done very carefully. After that I imagine we'll put them on display."
The hotel's military history pre-dates WWII. It was built as a private house and hunting lodge in 1800 and extended in 1850.
During the WWI it was used as a field hospital, with injured soldiers being wheeled there on luggage trolleys from Brockenhurst station.
During the 1940s conflict it transformed into an army staff college. Some of the orders for the D-Day invasion were issued from the hotel ahead of the landings on June 6 1944.
Famous people who visited the hotel during the two wars included King George V, Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower.
February 25th, 2015  
Its amazing what is still being found. I remember a farmer in UK years ago coming across a weapons cache on his farm in case of a German invasion. There was no paper work regarding the locations of these caches, so over the years they were simply "forgotten"about. I wouldn't mind betting there are still weapons caches yet to be discovered.
March 1st, 2015  
They are still finding British fighter aircraft in the country side with the pilots remains inside of it. Things were so hectic in 1940 people who should have been dealing with the recovery were either transferred or killed and the plane just remained missing.

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