• CLOSED
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • CLOSED
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Normandy 75

British troops landing at Sword Beach, 6 June 1944
From deception plans to beach landings, explore the Army’s role in the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944.

D-Day and the Battle for Normandy were a triumph of planning and execution, but one that came at a high cost. Despite losing 10,000 casualties on 6 June 1944, the landings certainly hastened the end of the war in Europe thanks to the courage of those involved.

This exhibition explores the planning and preparation behind this vital Second World War campaign, from selecting the location for the invasion site to the elaborate deception plans and extensive training that took place across Britain in the lead up to D-Day.

Discover more about the invasion through our soldier stories. Private Arthur Notley served with 9th Battalion The Parachute Regiment. He took part in the massive airborne assault that, despite intense training and high morale, almost met with disaster. Trooper Stan Scott served with No 3 Commado, part of the vanguard that landed on Sword Beach.

But the campaign did not end with D-Day. Learn more about the logistics and resources required to break through the German lines and then liberate Paris on 25 August 1944. Now firmly established on the Continent, the Western Allies could set their sights on the borders of the Third Reich.

'To us is given the honour of striking a blow for freedom which will live in history; and in the better days that lie ahead men will speak with pride of our doings. We have a great and righteous cause.' - General Bernard Montgomery

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