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
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Secret documents relating to the D-Day landings have been found under the floorboards at the Balmer Lawn Hotel
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 reporter9:51PM 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.