Wednesday 3 June 2020
  • Design Technology
  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

What does the D in D-Day stand for? Why was 6 June 1944 so important?

Join IWM expert Holiday as she answers those questions and reveals some of the exciting secrets and stories behind D-Day. Discover the planning behind this top secret mission and what took place to make it happen.

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D-Day: People and Planning

Part of the Adventures in History series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020.  

Curriculum Links and Learning Objectives

  • KS2 - A significant turning point in British history: D Day.                              

  • KS3/4 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present.   

  • To understand the scale and operations of D-day; the countries and people involved. 

Parachute Jump

Poster image for Imperial War Museums' Family Mission: Parachute Jump

Parachute Jump

Colonel Shires has a top-secret mission for you - to create parachuting D-Day dummies!

Bamboozle the enemy and contribute to the success of D-Day.

Watch the mission briefing

More on D-Day

A factory worker producing the strips of aluminium foil for 'Window'
© IWM (E(MOS) 1451)

More on D-Day

Explore images from the IWM collection that tell the story of D-Day.

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Amazing Animals

Join IWM expert Clare as she shares real life stories about courageous animal heroes.

Book A Visit to IWM

IWM London Exterior shot
IWM London

School visits to IWM London

Discover the stories of lives shaped by war and conflict from 1914 until the present day. Step into the iconic atrium, explore the brand new Second World War Galleries and experience our new learning facilities.
IWM North landscape view
IWM North

School visits to IWM North

Purpose-built to tell the powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver an award-winning immersive experience.
IWM Duxford Showcase
IWM Duxford

School visits to IWM Duxford

Walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford. See aircraft take to the skies from the airfield that Spitfires first flew. And get up close to over a century of aviation with hundreds of aircraft and objects on display.