FIND out more about GIs stationed in west Dorset during the Second World War at a special talk.

Join Bridport History Society for the talk 'Americans in Bridport: November 1943 to May 1944’ at the United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport.

It will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 2.15pm.

Join Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard, Nick Pitt, Robin Stapleton and friends for this fascinating historical insight.

During the Second World War in Bridport there was an American camp in Walditch. Based there was the 1st US army Infantry Division – or the Big Red as it was called – who suffered enormous losses on Omaha beach on D-Day.

The town's Literary and Scientific Institute (LSI) was used as a medical detachment training centre and dental surgery. It was also a rest and recreation centre run by the British Red Cross throughout the war for the British, American and Canadian troops.

The US troops numbered 1,000 by the time the battalion left for the D-Day invasion.

Some were billeted with families, others lived in Nissan huts, the Masonic Hall, Drill Hall, the Hyde or cottages in Walditch and West Bay.

Visitors are welcome at the talk for the cost of £3. Doors open at 2pm.

For more information and a zoom link please contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email