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.


Our D-Day events to look out for

A lot is happening at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to mark 75 years since D-Day. Here's a selection of event that are not to be missed:



Other local events

We’re also sponsoring and supporting several events in and around the local area including:

For more events in area head to the Visit Portsmouth website.


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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