Wednesday 3 June 2020

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

D-Day: People and Planning

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

Curriculum Links and Learning Topics

Second World War, Design Technology

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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