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D-Day Story, Portsmouth

D-Day Story, Portsmouth

D-Day 75 in Hampshire

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2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and with Hampshire playing a prominent role in Operation Overlord and the lead up to D-Day itself, the county will see several major special events, concerts and exhibitions taking place to commemorate the anniversary.
On the 5th of June, the worlds eyes will fall onto Portsmouth who are leading the UK’s D-Day commemorative events with the MOD hosting a major national commemorative event on Southsea Common for veterans, personnel, and heads of state including Donald Trump. For those unable to attend the event will be televised on the BBC and on big screens around Portsmouth.
Hampshire was the starting place for many troops traveling to the beaches in Normandy. Many locations along Hampshire’s coastline were used as temporary bases before Operation Overlord started. Today you can visit many of these sites and you can even visit Southwick House and the D-Day Map Room where the planning and execution for Operation Overlord took place.


D-Day Events in Hampshire

On the 5th June in the historic maritime city of Portsmouth, The Ministry of Defence has announced one of the biggest mobilisations of the UK Armed Forces in recent years, including 4000 personnel, 11 Royal Navy vessels and multiple aircrafts, including the Spitfire. This event will welcome dignitaries and heads of state from across the world to honour Veterans.
Following the national event, Portsmouth will also play host to the first Portsmouth Revival Festival, a sunset concert, a live screening of the events in Normandy, fireworks and film screenings of family classics.
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Step back in time on the 8th and 9th June at the Southwick D-Day Revival, this is a unique opportunity for visitors to commemorate the 75th anniversary at the village next to the nerve-centre of Operation Overload. This fantastic event will include exclusive D-Day map room visits in Southwick House.
On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June Daedalus in Lee-on-Solent will be hosting a weekend of festivities to commemorate 75 years since D-Day. HMS Daedalus was the busiest airfield on the South Coast during D-Day and throughout the weekend there will be a static aircraft display, fly overs, live entertainment, vintage cars, stalls and much more.
In the North of the county at Highclere Castle the annual Battle Proms Picnic Concert will mark the 75th Anniversary on the 3rd August. A full programme of classical music from the 60-piece concert orchestra, complemented by toe-tapping vintage vocals and a Spitfire display by The Grace Spitfire, which is accredited to shooting down the first enemy aircraft over the Normandy Beachhead on D-Day. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Visit The Watercress Line on Sunday 15th June and be transported back to war time with their War on the Line event. Enjoy unlimited travel onboard a steam train and hop off at each station to explore period displays, music, vintage vehicles and stalls.
A full guide to Hampshire’s D-Day events can be found below.


D-Day Attractions in Hampshire

As well as a jammed packed programme of special D-Day commemorative events Hampshire is home to several attractions with D-Day Connections that can be visited all year round.
The D-Day Story on the Southsea seafront, is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Allied Invasion in June 1944. The museum contains exhibitions, galleries and interactive displays telling the story of D-Day from a military and Civilian viewpoint.
Visit the place where the planning for Operation Overlord took place, Southwick House and see the large specially produced wall map on which progress of the operation was plotted. This is a unique experience and visits must be booked in advance through The Royal Military Police Museum
Lepe Country Park in the New Forest National Park’s coastline was used by the Royal Navy as a base for the D-Day landings. Today visitors can still see D-Day remains along the coastline. This picturesque country park offers a great day out for the whole family, with views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be marking D-Day 75 by highlighting stories, events and interesting D-Day related parts of the attraction. At the Royal Navy Submarine Museum throughout June you can discover the role of the X-class submarines played in D-Day and No.6 Cinema within the dockyard will be showing several D-Day films and talks.
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