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Grade 2 Listing for WW2 Observation Point In Dorset

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12:02am 6th January 2013

A World War 2 observation post used by Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower has been protected by English Heritage.

They would use Fort Henry in Studland for D-Day preparations before the allied invasion of Europe.

The lookout has been given a Grade 2 listing in recognition of its historical significance.

King George VI would also use the fort during the war.

Studland was considered a possible target for the German invasion and heavily fortified from 1940 onwards.

In the run up to D-Day in 1944, Studland was the scene of the largest live ammunition practice of the entire war as thousands of troops took part in Exercise Smash 1, a full scale rehearsal for the invasion.

Fort Henry is located alongside the South West Coast Path on Redlend Point, between Middle Beach and South Beach, Studland.

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