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Careys Manor Hotel

During WW2 Careys Manor Hotel was commandeered for military planning and was used throughout the war by a range of different army groups. Initially occupied by the 2nd Battalion Welsh Guards who utilised the local Forest areas as training grounds in preparation for the D-Day invasion, they were replaced in 1943 by the Canadian Army who established their Head Quarters at the hotel.In 1945, towards the end of the war in Europe the Royal Navy Marines located the Eastern Warfare School at Careys Manor, where trainee marines learned jungle warfare tactics for the pacific War against the Japanese. The following photographs show the Planning of Operations, Trainee Marine Inspections and Woodland Training (likely to be Roydon Woods). Note the camouflage face paint, American fatigue caps and American ‘Tommy’ guns.

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