D-Day 75 commemorations

75th anniversary D-Day commemorations

This year is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a battle that began on June 6, 1944, during World War II.

Over 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces came together to land on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified coast in Normandy, France. The invasion is well documented as one of the largest amphibious military assaults ever in history.

The Royal Navy was a key part of this battle and the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944.

Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day became a tipping point in the War resulting in the liberation of France, and later Europe, from Nazi Germany’s control. The Normandy landings are often referred to as the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

D-Day 75 commemorative events span the whole of summer 2019 and beyond with several significant events in and around central Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be highlighting stories, events and interesting D-Day related parts of the attractions during the 75th anniversary.

Below is a list of events happening at the dockyard to mark one of history’s defining moments.

Download the D-Day trail maps

It's been 75 years since D-Day and the museum is commemorating this historic anniversary by highlighting some of the key artefacts within The National Musuem of the Royal Navy collection.

Fill out the form to download three trails for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower and The Royal Navy Submarine Museum for free.

Use the trails on your next visit to explore the museums and learn more about D-Day, entry requires a valid attraction ticket.


Join us for D-Day

Buy an annual ticket and make the most of a full summer of commemorative events, activities and art installations.

A Full Navy Ticket gives you access to all of the attractions for a whole year.

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