Home defence operations room 1940

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Home defence operations room 1940

Post by sitalkes » 07 Feb 2019 03:31

In "Stopping Hitler" (G C Wynne, Pen & Sword Books , Barnsley, , 2017) it says on page 58 that "A Combined Home Defence Operations Room was established at St Paul's School, Hammersmith." If Britain had been invaded, this school would therefore had become the nerve centre for the defence against the invasion. This was in July 1940. I was wondering if anyone had a picture of that room, which may or may not be the Montgomery Room (it was used afterwards as the headquarters of 21st Army Group for the invasion of France).

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Re: Home defence operations room 1940

Post by sitalkes » 11 Feb 2019 06:06

I asked the school librarian and this is what she said: The school itself was evacuated out of London at the start of the war. The site was then shared between the Army, allotments and an RAF barrage balloon. We also have reports of American military personnel on site. In 1942, 21 Army Group took over and Field Marshal Montgomery turned the Board Room into his office. The final briefing of Allied Commanders including the King and the Prime Minister was held at the school.

The school moved in 1968 and the buildings were demolished. We have some images of the old buildings here https://www.stpaulsschool.org.uk/about/history. The old High Master’s house still stands as a hotel https://www.stpaulhotel.co.uk/.

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