Commemorate D-Day 80 at IWM

80 years ago, on 6 June 1944, the largest invasion force ever assembled began the liberation of Western Europe, landing on five beaches across the Normandy coastline. D-Day, the opening stage of Operation 'Overlord’ had begun.

Airborne troops of 6th Airlanding Brigade admire the graffiti chalked on the side of their Horsa glider at an RAF airfield as they prepare to fly out to Normandy as part of 6th Airborne Division's second lift on the evening of 6 June 1944.
© IWM (H 39178)
British Airborne troops admire the graffiti chalked on the side of their Horsa glider as they prepare to fly out to Normandy as part of 6th Airborne Division's second lift on the evening of 6 June 1944.

Preceded by an airborne force of over 18,000 men, over 132,000 troops landed on the shores of Normandy on D-Day. 

A plan years in the making, the invasion would go on to drive German forces out of France, and along with the Soviet offensive from the east, would lead to the defeat of the Nazi regime.

Commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings with events across Imperial War Museums. Enjoy talks by James Holland, Allen Packwood, Richard Dannatt and Dr Tessa Dunlop at Churchill War Rooms, discover the role played by HMS Belfast in D-Day and enjoy tours, lectures and a screening of the classic war film The Longest Day at IWM Duxford.


IWM Duxford

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    Duxford in a Different Light: D-Day 80

    29 May 2024

    A photography event dedicated to the aircraft, crews and ground forces who participated in 'Operation Overlord'. Aircraft will be brought to life against the backdrop of Duxford to create the perfect opportunity for your photographs.

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    The Aerial Battle for Normandy Tour

    3-10 June 2024

    Join IWM's experts for a 90-minute tour exploring the air superiority battles, strategic bombing campaigns, airborne assaults, fighter-bombers and aerial reconnaissance flights in the skies over Normandy, 1944.

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    IWM Presents: The Longest Day

    6 June 2024

    Join IWM on the eightieth anniversary of D-Day. Take your seats for a screening of the classic war film, The Longest Day, and enjoy a guided tour of Duxford's Airborne Assault Museum, exploring how airborne forces led the assault on Normandy.

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    IWM Lecture Days: D-Day 80

    8 June 2024

    Hear from expert historians and authors, including Jonathan Trigg and Mark Urban, in a full day of lectures and conversations on D-Day. Join us to broaden your knowledge of this pivotal day in The Second World War.

Duxford Flying Season

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

Duxford Summer Air Show 2024 artwork
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2024
IWM Duxford

See historic Duxford's D-Day story take flight in this year's extra special 80th anniversary commemorative Duxford Summer Air Show.

Churchill War Rooms

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    My IWM: James Holland

    28 May 2024

    My IWM offers the opportunity to join an exclusive talk at Churchill War Rooms with acclaimed historian and author James Holland. Learn how these secret, underground rooms were woven into the planning and execution of 'Operation Overlord'.

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    IWM In Conversation With: Allen Packwood and Richard Dannatt

    Churchill's D-Day

    3 June 2024

    Learn about Churchill's role in the planning and execution of D-Day and 'Operation Overlord', have your questions answered and take the opportunity to have your copy of, Churchill’s D-Day: The Inside Story signed by the authors. 

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    IWM In Conversation With: Dr Tessa Dunlop

    Women of D-Day

    4 June 2024

    Exploring the stories of the unsung heroes who played a vital role in one of the most significant events of the Second World War, join Dr Tessa Dunlop as she sheds light on the contributions of remarkable women during the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944.

HMS Belfast

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    HMS Belfast and D-Day: A Guided Tour

    Various Dates

    Led by IWM’s expert guides, discover the role the crew of HMS Belfast played in D-Day; from firing some of the first shots of the naval bombardment to treating the wounded and clearing the beaches.

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