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"D-Day - The Longest Day"

TUESDAY, 9th July 2024 AT 19:30

“The first twenty-four hours of the invasion will be decisive…for the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be the longest day.” Field Marshall Erwin Rommel to his aide, 22 April 1944

 

D-Day, 6th June 1944 would be “The Longest Day”. Initially postponed from May due to a lack of shipping and then from 5th June because of bad weather (in June, who’d have believed it!), D-Day finally dawned on 6th June 1944 – 80 years ago. It began at 00:16 with Operation Tonga: an airborne assault at the bridges across the Caen Canal and the River Orne to capture what later were named Pegasus and Horsa bridges. This was to secure the Allied left flank preventing German counterattacks. The fight was over within 10 minutes.

 

It ended at midnight on 6th June with the Allies firmly entrenched on the coast of France.

 

Of course, this was simply the first day of what became the Battle of Normandy which lasted for a further 12 weeks until all organised German resistance ceased south of the River Seine.

 

Whilst his usual focus is on the inland battles, for this year’s Ian Daglish Memorial Lecture, Colin Foster looks at the day that started it all – with a review of the planning and pre-preparation, the invasion itself and its aftermath.


No advance tickets are required.

All are welcome and a lively discussion is guaranteed!

Admission is £5 per attendee including tea/coffee and biscuits 


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