D Day Landings 70th Anniversary
Friday, 6th June, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, centred around the date of invasion known as "D-Day". A series of major commemorations are planned to mark this historic occasion, with events in both the United Kingdom, and at various locations along the Normandy Coast.
During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany's control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on the 6th June, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
D-DAY has a special history with the local pub, Bells of Peover. In the early months of 1944, when American soldiers were billeted at nearby Peover Hall, their commanders, General Eisenhower and General Patton, made plans for the D-Day invasion of Normandy over lunch at The Bells. This is the reason why the flag of the United States flies alongside the British at the pub.
You can read the full story by clicking History.com
Extensive coverage by the BBC can be found here
The BBC also has a great, informative animated map here
If you're interested in the full range of the commemorations, click here
If you fancy some music, then the D day 70 Years on concert is being screened live from the Albert Hall at Cineworld in Didsbury. Here's a more local chance to join in the commemoration on the day. Click here for details