New home sought for Oxf & Bucks LI Coup De Main display.

Currently on public display on the top floor in 'B' Block at Bletchley Park in Bletchley/Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Looking for a new home to be displayed to the public somewhere appropriate in Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire (the nearer to BL/MK the better).

The display is centred on the exploits of the 'Coup De Main' party, lead by Major John Howard, from the 2nd (AB) Bn Oxf & Bucks LI (and attached arms) on the night of 5/6th June 1944 when they seized the bridges over the Caen Canal and Orne River on the Eastern flank of the invasion area on D Day.

The display is quite large, housed in x6 display cabinets (approx 6' x 4' x2'), x1 large 1/72 scale diorama (approx 6' x 8' x 5'), x1 life size diorama containing x4 mannequins (approx 8' x 14' x 4'), x1 life size diorama containing x1 mannequin (approx 6' x 5' x 3'), deactivated British 3" mortar and ancillaries and Vickers machine gun, Willy's MB British Airborne Jeep, plus assorted other items.

The items on display tell the story from the start to finish of the coup de main and is mainly full of original and unique items and documents from veterans of the mission. Where appropriate high end reproduction items are used (such as uniforms of the mannequins). Deactivated weapons on display (less those mentioned earlier) include:

Mk I Bren
No4 T*
Mk V Sten
Mk II Sten
Enfield revolver
Airborne 2" mortar
No 36 Gren
No 76 Gren
No 86 Gren
Gammon Bomb
Hawkins Mine
Spike bayonet
Fairburn Sykes knife
MP 40

Full to CES No 38 Wireless set (x2).

Also part of the display is an original 'Rupert' dummy paratrooper as used on D Day to confuse Germans forces (this was donated by the Army Air Corps museum at Middle Wallop).

It is hard to put into words how good this display is, it has grown over the last 15yrs that it has been housed (in various locations) at Bletchley Park to a rather substantial display.

Due to decisions being made by the management of BP it will soon be an untenable location for the display, therefore it has been decided to put feelers out for a new home run by people who actually care about this part of history and not just a group of business men trying to make a fast buck (is that me sounding a bit bitter!?! couldn't understand why???).

Anyhoo, is there anyone who can help????????????????????

I must stress that this is NOT my collection, but owned by a couple of freinds of mine who I have helped on a number of occasions putting items together for the display (as I am a complete OBLI bore :oops: ). I have been asked by them to put feelers out on a number of forums to see what replies come back.
Wrong county, but have you thought of the Army Air Corps museum at Middle Wallop? Seeing as the Glider Pilot Regiment display (plus full-scale Horsa glider) is there it seems fitting.

Just a thought.


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AlienFTM said:
A Google UK search for +obli regimental headquarters led me to:

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Oxford Branch RGJRA POC OBLI Assn. Mr Mike Marr ...... Regimental Headquarters by the. Assistant Regimental Secretary Finance or ... - Similar -


A lot of seemingly useful people to ask popped up there.
Yup. Hence my post above yours. Regimental museum at Winchester. Maj ken Gray is curator and very helpful.

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