VIDEO: Overlord in OO gauge
As with the Great War some thirty years previously, the railways also played a key role in World War Two, transporting people and material throughout the country; dispersing the returning troops rescued from Dunkirk, evacuating children from the London Blitz, and moving the men and material from their depots and assembly areas to the embarkation points for the D-day Landings of June 1944 (codename “Overlord”, from which the layout gets its name).
Based loosely on Southampton and Portsmouth dockyards, the layout attempts to depict the hectic quayside activities to be found at many of the Southern ports of England in the days surrounding the invasion of Normandy. Much of the variety and confusion of the moment are displayed. Tanks await loading. Mechanised infantry columns search for their embarkation point. There are specialist vehicles such as bridge layers, rocket launchers, mine clearers and amphibious tanks needed to ensure the success of the landings. Landing ships of various shapes and sizes,together with the vital support of escorting destroyers, launches and torpedo boats, prepare to put to sea. Overhead, gliders make their way south, watched over by the W.A.F's on the anti-aircaft guns and barrage balloon. And finally there are the tea-ladies of the NAAFI, providing a continuous supply of drinks to the nervous troops.
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