A lodgement is an enclave, taken and defended by force of arms against determined opposition, made by increasing the size of a bridgehead, beachhead, or airhead[1] into a substantial defended area, at least the rear parts of which are out of direct line of fire.[2] An example is Operation Overlord, the establishment of a large-scale lodgement in Normandy during World War II.[3]

A map showing the pre-invasion Allied plans for the development of the lodgement area in France during Operation Overlord


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary lodgement, lodgment "3. The action of establishing oneself or making good a position on an enemy's ground, or obtaining a foothold; hence, a stable position gained, a foothold. Chiefly in phr. to make or find a lodgement."
  2. ^ United States Department of the Navy -- Naval Historical Center 805 Kidder Breese SE -- Washington Navy Yard Washington DC 20374-5060 Chapter X: The build-up for the Battle of France; Part 1: The post-NEPTUNE naval task "The army still had a desperate battle before them before they would consolidate possession of their bridgehead in the lodgement area."
  3. ^ "GuidedTours". Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2006-04-17.