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Rawlins Davy Reeves are proud to have produced and bring to you this video, telling the remarkable story of Poole’s vital role in D Day to mark the 80th anniversary of Operation Overlord on June 6th

The allied invasion of Europe was the beginning of the end of the Second World War.  It involved 3,000,000 men, 11,000 planes and 4,000 ships, the largest armada the world had seen.

Poole was the third largest embarkation point for the invasion force heading to the Normandy.

In this 13 minute video made in collaboration with the Poole Maritime Trust, Royal Navy veteran Michael ‘Jack’ Hawkins BEM tells of Poole’s pivotal part in the success of D Day.  He outlines how Poole was key throughout the war, in the build up to D Day, during the operation itself and afterwards in helping resupply the advancing allied forces.  He also tells how the skilled craftsmen at local boat builders manufactured landing craft, launches and gunboats in the lead up to D Day.

Jack, a trustee of the Maritime Trust said: “I feel that over the years, Poole has hidden its light under a bushel over its contribution to D Day.  But the town and its people can be very, very proud of the part they played in this incredible operation. And it should be remembered.”

Jack was awarded the British Empire Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. He served in the Royal Navy from 1969-2001.

Managing Director Mark Kiteley said: “As a firm rooted in the community we are heavily invested in the history and heritage of the area, and we are delighted to have an opportunity to help celebrate and commemorate this momentous event.”

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