The World War II XI Amphibious Force Marker is located in the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, United Kingdom. This marker is etched with a historical tribute to America’s armed forces that served in the vicinity during World War II, and to our Allied comrades.
Allied forces launched the liberation of Europe from the northern shores of the English Channel. Dartmouth was roughly in the center of the sector used by the Americans. The Britannia Royal Naval College served as the headquarters of the U.S. XI Amphibious Force. Under the supervision of this Force, thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen prepared for and executed landings in France on June 6, 1944. The D-Day landings marked a turning point in the war, and hundreds of thousands of troops and millions of tons of supplies then moved across the English Channel in the following days, weeks and months. Dartmouth’s geographic location proved ideal for Allied logistical needs.
This marker commemorates the importance Britannia Royal Naval College played in carrying the battle to the enemy, and ultimately overthrowing the grip of Nazi tyranny. It further commemorates the enduring bond between the United Kingdom and United States. The marker reads:
The United States of America honors the courage, sacrifice and achievements
of the U.S. XI amphibious force, headquartered in this building as Allied forces
prepared for and launched the liberation of Europe from these shores.
Under XI Amphibious Force supervision, thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen
prepared for the landings in France, which came ashore on 6 June 1944.
Hundreds of thousands of troops and millions of tons of supplies moved steadily
across the English Channel as the United States and its Allies carried the
battle to the enemy, overthrowing the grip of Nazi tyranny.
The Allies forged ahead with ever increasing strength and confidence,
securing the blessings of freedom and liberty for generations yet unborn.
This marker further commemorates the enduring bonds
between the United Kingdom and the United States,
forged through shared sacrifice in peace and war,
serving the cause of justice for all.
Dedicated on June 6, 2017 this marker became the 29th managed by ABMC. On the same day, a monument was dedicated in the town of Dartmouth.
XI Amphibious Force Marker
XI Amphibious Force Marker
Britannia Royal Naval College
Dartmouth TQ6 0HJ
The XI Amphibious Force Marker is located on a wall in the main thoroughfare of the Britannia Royal Naval College.
Travel via Car
Traveling south, take the M5 towards Exeter then the Devon Expy/A38 towards Plymouth. Continue on the Devon Expy/A38, and take A3122 to Coombe in Dartmouth.
Travel Via Train
Traveling from London or Birmingham, take the train to Totnes, which is about 12 miles from Dartmouth. Then travel by bus, taxi, car or boat to arrive in Dartmouth.
Travel via Airplane
For transatlantic flights, London is about 200 miles from Dartmouth. For local flights, Exeter Regional Airport is about 45 miles from Dartmouth.
Travel via Public Transportation
There are two ferries available between Dartmouth and Kingswear that run seven days a week. For travel via bus, get off at the M&S Simply Food stop, which is located about a mile from the college.
Hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts are all available in the area.
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