D-Day on your Doorstep

D-Day on your Doorstep

The Normandy Landings, beginning on 6 June 1944 - D-Day - are normally thought of as something that happened on the far side of the English Channel, in Normandy. Of course, that is where the actual landings took place, but the whole operation depended upon dozens of embarkation areas along the whole stretch of the south coast of England, and in some cases ports on the east and west coasts as well. Here, troops and supplies waited before loading onto the ships and landing craft that would take them into battle. Beyond these coastal areas, throughout the whole of the United Kingdom there are places connected to the planning, preparations and execution of D-Day. It could be: a site where part of the Mulberry Harbours was constructed, a factory producing landing craft or gliders used on D-Day, a training base for troops who later went to Normandy, or one of the many marshalling camps where Allied troops waited before embarking to cross the Channel.

Over the coming months, the D-Day Museum will be adding some of these locations to this new section of our website. However there are potentially thousands of relevant places that could be added, and we will never be able to add them all! We encourage you to add details of locations that you know about, including a short piece of text giving the historical background to the site. Alternatively you can email us your suggestions for possible locations: click here to email us.

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