Wednesday 23 January 2019

This June marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest combined naval, air and land operation in the history of warfare.

From 1 – 9 June we will retell the extraordinary land, air and sea story through our Second World War collection and three historic sites, HMS Belfast, IWM Duxford and Churchill War Rooms, which experienced first-hand the events of D-Day.

HMS Belfast led the fleet supporting British and Canadian assaults on Normandy beaches, opening fire at 5.27am on 6 June 1944; American fighter aircraft flew from IWM Duxford in support of D-Day operations and Churchill War Rooms was the nerve centre of strategic decision-making during the Second World War.

Join us as we mark this significant anniversary with a week of ambitious flight displays, family activities, tours, trails, special events and more.

Full schedule to be announced.

VISIT WHERE D-DAY HISTORY WAS MADE

Winston Churchill
Churchill War Rooms
Explore the underground headquarters that between 1939 - 1945 acted as the top-secret nerve centre from where Churchill and his inner circle determined the course of the Second World War.
IWM Duxford Showcase
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IWM Duxford
IWM Duxford is a historic airfield and museum telling the stories of those who lived, fought and died in war from WW1 to 1969. Visit air shows, events and displays.
HMS Belfast
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HMS Belfast
Explore all nine decks of HMS Belfast to discover what life was like on board for the crew at war and at sea. 

D-DAY 75 EVENTS

IWM Presents: D-Day 75 Daks Over Duxford
Experience
Daks Over Duxford

IWM Duxford

4 – 5 June

Children playing outside American Air Museum
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Family
D-Day Family Weekend at IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford

8-9 June 2019

Children on the Bridge of HMS Duxford
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Family
D-Day Family Weekend at HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

8-9 June 2019

Learn More

Troops of the US 7th Corps wading ashore on Utah Beach.
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Second World War
The 10 Things you Need to Know about D-Day
On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. Codenamed Operation 'Overlord', the Allied landings on the Normandy beaches marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.
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.
D-Day
How D-Day Was Fought From The Air
Shortly after midnight on 6 June, over 18,000 men of the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the British 6th Airborne Division were dropped into Normandy. Allied paratroopers and glider-borne infantry were well trained and highly skilled, but for many this was their first experience of combat. 
British troops moving up to the line during fighting in the Odon valley in Normandy, July 1944
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Second World War
What Happened after D-Day?
On 6 June 1944, D-Day, Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy. It was the start of the campaign to liberate Europe and defeat Germany. The Battle of Normandy was a hard-fought campaign. British divisions bore the brunt of German resistance on the eastern flank of the front, enabling US forces to stage a breakout in the west.

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Become a member for a year of great days out at all five IWM museums. Benefits include unlimited free admission to HMS Belfast, Churchill War Rooms and IWM Duxford from just £35.
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