Hampshire Commemorates

Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Troops leaving from Lepe for France, 1944.

On 6 June 1944 thousands of troops with their vehicles and supplies left Britain for the beaches of Normandy. This was D-Day, the start of the great campaign to drive the German army out of France and bring the Second World War to its end. The D-Day invasion, code named Operation Overlord, had taken over two years of planning and was one of the best kept secrets of the war.

Hampshire and its communities played an important role in D-Day and there will be a range of events and activities to honour this contribution and commemorate those who lost their lives. Check back in early 2014 for more information.

  • Lepe played an important role in D-Day and today you can still see plenty of evidence of this wartime activity. In 2014 Lepe Country Park will be holding a special D-Day at Lepe event to include a parade along the sea front, memorial service on the cliff top, re-enactor camp, beach landing re-enactment, bands, guided walks and more.

  • SEARCH Hands-on Centre, part of Gosport Discovery Centre, will be holding a series of D-Day activities in the lead up to the anniversary, starting with a ‘Back to 1944 market day drop-in session on 7 January 2014.

  • A D-Day Commemorative Concert is being planned by Councillor Edgar and Hampshire Music Service in Gosport on 5 June 2014 (provisional date) involving local schools. Check back in early 2014 for further information.  

  • Want to find out more about D-Day? Read the collection of books recommended by Hampshire Libraries Service.  

  • Heritage100 is a site of interesting and quirky items gathered from museums and archives across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. There is a section dedicated to the Second World War which includes ‘Betty White’s Jacket’, which has more than 100 military badges and buttons collected in Gosport in June 1944.

  • The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth has recently received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to hold a series of activities linked to D-Day and to publicise D-Day anniversary events in the region.