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GENERAL PATTON CELEBRATION DAY This was held at the conclusion of the projects activities on the 31st May 2013. It was followed by “The Yanks are Coming”, a display of mainly American equipment and tentage, in the Tontine Gardens, Stourport on the 1st of June.  WARNING    See Note Below The speech in the video clip…

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The  Healing Days WARTIME REMINISENCES                     “The Americans” Maps and photographs on this site provide the framework of the location of the hospitals and the details of the many buildings. How we now might wish in the intervening years since WW2 that people had spent more time recording the experiences of the wartime generation. This is…

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General George S. Patton (Burlish Camp site of the speech made on 31st May 1944) Lieutenant General George S. Patton, ‘Old Blood and Guts’, arrived in Britain in January 1944 after becoming Commanding General of the U.S Third Army. General Patton made personal inspections of his troops throughout the United Kingdom. Tall, trim and distinguished in appearance with…

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The Camp At War U.S. Army (Europe) Corps Headquarters (December 1943 – June 1944) CAMP BEWDLEY 105 acres of land owned by Kidderminster Corporation were requisitioned by the War Office on 18th September 1942 for the construction of 2 dual purpose camps designed for hospital use, each capable of accommodating 2200 troops. Construction of the camps was completed by October…

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For personal accounts of Burlish Camps during ‘The Healing Days’ click here United States General Hospitals 114 and 297 (September 1944 – June 1945) 114th GENERAL HOSPITAL U.S HOSPITAL PLANT No. 4171 BEWDLEY CAMP No.2 Opened: 1st September 1944 Closed: 29th June 1945 Commanding Officer : Colonel Stuart A. Cameron until October 1944 Colonel John B. Chester from…

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CAMP BURLISH AND RIFLE RANGE (Formerly the United States Army Camp Bewdley 1943-45) The area known locally as Burlish Camp gained the name “camp” from the era of the Second World War. In 1943 American troops began to arrive in Britain in large numbers often ferried across the Atlantic in the great ocean liners at high risk. Landing mainly…

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Resettlement 1945-60 From 1946 to 1960 this site was settled by local people and their families. Many of these young people were married with young children and in impoverished post-war Britain, with a desperate housing shortage, were living in poor housing or cheap rented rooms. Among these were many Polish Ex-Servicemen and their families who…

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Nature Reserve (1994 onwards) Burlish Top Local Nature Reserve After a long period of neglect following the abandonment of Burlish Camp, Wyre Forest District Council recognised that the old military camp had significant wildlife value by declaring the land a Local Nature Reserve in 1994. Much of the wildlife was in decline, but fragments of Lowland Heath and…

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