It was an understandably stressful period for the troops, especially those higher up on the chain of command. Despite all of the training exercises prior to the beach invasions, some of the higher-ranking officers had never actually met and shaken hands before D-Day, at least until the party. Broughton’s get-together gave them a chance to get to know one another on a social basis. Broughton proved herself to be trustworthy with the secrets she was told, and kept her word not to converse about such subjects with those attending the party.
In fact, Broughton was told to avoid all sense of military structure. She did not even address the attendees by their ranks, as is usually customary. The party was full of food and alcohol so that the officers could make merry before marching into the deadly invasions now known as D-Day, and Broughton danced and conversed with each of them to help keep their minds from the impending fray, the Mail Online reports.
Broughton has now released a book coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the event, entitled Tomorrow is D-Day. It details her experiences with the party and her increased security clearance, which gave her full access to all information regarding Operation Overlord. Now named Stella Rutter, the surname of her deceased husband, she is finally able to share the secrets regarding D-Day which she has kept to herself for decades.