British & # 39; D-Day officer & # 39; s & # 39; top secret & # 39; beach maps of Normandy that keep an eye on the landing sites for the auction

The archive of a British D-Day commander including his & # 39; top secret & # 39; beach maps in Normandy have come to light after 75 years.

Bertram Lambert, of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, was the & # 39; lifeguard & # 39; when the Canadian troops landed on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944.

He was responsible for coordinating the landings of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division at the & # 39; Mike & # 39; section of the six-kilometer-long beach in the center of Courselles-sur-Mer.

Lieutenant Commander Bertram Lambert (left), of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, is pictured on Juno beach during the D-Day landings

Lieutenant Commander Bertram Lambert (left), of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, is pictured on Juno beach during the D-Day landings

Lt Cdr Lambert & # 39; s map of Juno Beach shows the Mike section where he coordinated the landings

Lt Cdr Lambert & # 39; s map of Juno Beach shows the Mike section where he coordinated the landings

Lt Cdr Lambert & # 39; s map of Juno Beach shows the Mike section where he coordinated the landings

His personal belongings have been auctioned by his family at auction house Bonhams in London, who expect the collection to raise £ 12,000.

They include an annotated & # 39; top secret & # 39; map that shows the intended landing positions of the troops on Juno Beach and also highlights potential obstacles, as well as known machine gun stains.

Another graph illustrates the tidal curves at certain hours of the day, so that the landing boats were prepared for the treacherous sea conditions.

Lt Cdr Lambert also held memoranda that were broadcast both in the run-up to and after D-Day.

The personal belongings such as his tidal curve were put on sale by the Beach Master family and are expected to raise £ 12,000

The personal belongings such as his tidal curve were put on sale by the Beach Master family and are expected to raise £ 12,000

The personal belongings such as his tidal curve were put on sale by the Beach Master family and are expected to raise £ 12,000

The white flag of Lt Cdr Lambert can be seen in the collection that is for sale in the London auction house Bonhams

The white flag of Lt Cdr Lambert can be seen in the collection that is for sale in the London auction house Bonhams

The white flag of Lt Cdr Lambert can be seen in the collection that is for sale in the London auction house Bonhams

One issued by the Eastern Task Force in the week after landing indicated that & # 39; on every beach & # 39; success was achieved with & # 39; very substantial opposition & # 39 ;.

It read: & # 39; During the last week, the first part of the British Second Army landed by the Eastern Task Force.

& # 39; A lot of resistance was encountered on all beaches, but in the end success was won on every beach. & # 39;

Another sent to Juno Headquarters from Sir Miles Dempsey, Lieutenant General Commander of the British 2nd Army, brought his & # 39; thanks & # 39; express their efforts during a & # 39; critical period & # 39; and then warned that there was a lot of fighting to be done & # 39 ;.

It read: & # 39; Please give thanks and gratitude to the officers and men of the Beach Corps for their kind commitment during a critical period.

D-Day orders that instruct Beach Masters to & # 39; a spirit of closer collaboration & # 39; among their men are included in the fascinating collection

D-Day orders that instruct Beach Masters to & # 39; a spirit of closer collaboration & # 39; among their men are included in the fascinating collection

D-Day orders that instruct Beach Masters to & # 39; a spirit of closer collaboration & # 39; among their men are included in the fascinating collection

A letter of 21 June 1944 thanks the officers and men of the Beach Groups after the success of the landings

A letter of 21 June 1944 thanks the officers and men of the Beach Groups after the success of the landings

A letter of 21 June 1944 thanks the officers and men of the Beach Groups after the success of the landings

& # 39; Much has to be fought. I am confident that I can rely on all those who have made such a great contribution to the success of this operation, not to ease their efforts, but to maintain the high standard they have already set . & # 39;

Despite their bravery and sacrifice on D-Day, the higher order would not tolerate any discernible disregard for men's and officers' standards, and some beat for their & # 39; shameful & # 39; appearance.

Issued at Juno Headquarters on June 15, 1944, the hard-hitting memorandum reads: & During the first nine days of the attack, the appearance of both officers and men ashore was disgraceful.

& # 39; Immediate steps must be taken to rectify the current unsavory state of affairs, which brings great discredit to the Royal Navy of his Majesty. & # 39;

The archive contains a flag of Royal Ensign beach, the uniform of Lt Cdr Lambert, medals and photos of his service during the North African campaign and the invasion of Normandy

The archive contains a flag of Royal Ensign beach, the uniform of Lt Cdr Lambert, medals and photos of his service during the North African campaign and the invasion of Normandy

The archive contains a flag of Royal Ensign beach, the uniform of Lt Cdr Lambert, medals and photos of his service during the North African campaign and the invasion of Normandy

A memorandum from the Eastern Task Force states: & # 39; Very much opposition was encountered on all beaches, but in the end success was won on every beach & # 39;

A memorandum from the Eastern Task Force states: & # 39; Very much opposition was encountered on all beaches, but in the end success was won on every beach & # 39;

A memorandum from the Eastern Task Force states: & # 39; Very much opposition was encountered on all beaches, but in the end success was won on every beach & # 39;

The archive also contains a flag from Royal Ensign beach, alongside Lt Cdr Lambert's uniform, medals and photos of his service during the North African campaign and the invasion of Normandy.

A dramatic photo shows Lt Cdr Lambert at the Juno Beach headquarters, communicating by tannoy to a landing craft, the flag next to him.

The enormous amount of items was stored in a large metal case with its name on the lid.

Luke Batterham, specialist at Bonhams, said: “Lambert was definitely a very important figure on the beach in his role as lifeguard who was responsible for the Mike section at Juno. It was a huge logistical challenge.

& # 39; The archive gives an idea of ​​the amount of planning required for D-Day and when you go through the contents of the trunk, you are working on a piece of history.

Despite their courage and sacrifice on D-Day, the higher command would not tolerate alleged lapses of men's and officers' standards, which would be detrimental to their & # 39; shameful & # 39; appearance

Despite their courage and sacrifice on D-Day, the higher command would not tolerate alleged lapses of men's and officers' standards, which would be detrimental to their & # 39; shameful & # 39; appearance

Despite their courage and sacrifice on D-Day, the higher command would not tolerate alleged lapses of men's and officers' standards, which would be detrimental to their & # 39; shameful & # 39; appearance

A shipping message dated September 3, 1939, instructs & # 39; all involved at home and abroad & # 39; to start the hostilities at the same time as Germany & # 39;

A shipping message dated September 3, 1939, instructs & # 39; all involved at home and abroad & # 39; to start the hostilities at the same time as Germany & # 39;

A shipping message dated September 3, 1939, instructs & # 39; all involved at home and abroad & # 39; to start the hostilities at the same time as Germany & # 39;

& # 39; The memoranda are fascinating and it is remarkable that there is a photo of Lambert with the same flag on sale on the beach. & # 39;

Lt Cdr Lambert was born in Bromley, Kent, in 1906 and joined the Royal Naval Reserves before the start of the Second World War.

He remained involved with the Admiralty after the conflict ended, taking on roles in Malta and Portsmouth, Hants, while also working as a salesman.

Luke Batterham, specialist at Bonhams, said: & # 39; The archive gives an idea of ​​the amount of planning required for D-Day and when you go through the contents of the case, you are working on a piece of history & # 39;

Luke Batterham, specialist at Bonhams, said: & # 39; The archive gives an idea of ​​the amount of planning required for D-Day and when you go through the contents of the case, you are working on a piece of history & # 39;

Luke Batterham, specialist at Bonhams, said: & # 39; The archive gives an idea of ​​the amount of planning required for D-Day and when you go through the contents of the case, you are working on a piece of history & # 39;

In later life he moved to Cornwall and worked as a swimming instructor and lifeguard.

He died at the age of 80 in 1997.

Lt Cdr Lambert & # 39; s medal group consists of a star from 1939-1945; Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43 bar; France and Germany Star; Defense Medal; War medal; Royal Naval Reserve Decoration, dated 1965; and a defense medal.

The sale takes place on 26 June.

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