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Burton Beach Overlord Hard

A Scheduled Monument in Burton, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7057 / 51°42'20"N

Longitude: -4.9188 / 4°55'7"W

OS Eastings: 198423

OS Northings: 204809

OS Grid: SM984048

Mapcode National: GBR G8.TLHM

Mapcode Global: VH1S0.PDH7

Entry Name: Burton Beach Overlord Hard

Scheduled Date: 19 June 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1238

Cadw Legacy ID: PE531

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hard

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Burton

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

The monument consists of a World War II Overlord hard at Burton Beach on the N side of Milford Haven. Operation Overlord was the codename for the Allied invasion of occupied northwestern Europe in June 1944, an action that would bring the war to a close within a year. The hard formed part of a chain of embarkation points along the southern English and Welsh coastlines, which were specifically designed to embark the great quantities of personnel, vehicles and supplies housed in camps and transit areas to the French invasion beaches between the Cherbourg peninsula and Le Havre. The hard was built in late 1942 and was operational until December 1944. The surviving structures include the hard, the foundations of the hard jetty and part of the original dedicated access road, together with the remains of three Royal Naval detachment offices and storage buildings.

The monument is a rare surviving example of an embarkation hard and associated structures and buildings. It is of national importance for its potential to enhance and illustrate our knowledge of the large and complex logistical system required to supply the Allied invasion of occupied Europe, an intense effort that was maintained for almost six months. The monument may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to building techniques and functional detail. The monument is well preserved and possesses important group value.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. The scheduled area is roughly rectangular in shape and measures 86m NNW-SSE by 76m transversely.

Source: Cadw

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