Droxford railway station was a rural station on the Meon Valley Railway
in Hampshire, England. In 1944 it was used by Winston Churchill during
preparations for the Normandy landings. Based in an armoured train
parked in its sidings, he met with numerous ministers, military
commanders and leaders of allied nations. On 4 June 1944, shortly before
the landings were due to take place, Free French leader Charles de
Gaulle visited Churchill at Droxford, and was informed of the invasion
plans. Churchill told de Gaulle that if ever forced to choose between
France and the US he would always side with the US, a remark which
instilled in de Gaulle a suspicion of Britain and caused long-term
damage to the relationship between France and the UK. In 1955 the
station closed to passengers and in 1962 to goods, after which the
station and a section of its track were used for demonstrating an
experimental railbus and as a driving school, before becoming a private
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