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The Meaning of D-Day
History knows only one D-Day, 6 June 1944 when Allied forces landed in occupied France and began the liberation of Europe. In reality every Allied operation of the war had a D-Day when it was scheduled to take place and an H-Hour when it actually started. That simple code keeps the precise date and time from the enemy and either side of the operation time is counted down, and then up again. Thus the day before D-Day is D minus one and the day after, D plus one. Click to enlarge1 July 2003 is, therefore, D minus 341 to the 60th Anniversary of D-Day – the countdown has begun....... (click to enlarge picture)
Tanks on D-Day
Tanks played a key part in the invasion and, in particular those peculiar, modified tanks known as Hobart’s Funnies. For the next year or more this site will be devoted to telling you all about those tanks, who Hobart was and what was so special about his 79th Armoured Division. Click to enlargeWe plan to cover many aspects of the invasion, from training to action, with a mass of historical material, personal recollections and stunning illustrations. We hope to pick up every key anniversary in the saga, to identify locations that you can still visit, books and audio-visual material that you can buy, models you can make and events you can attend.
The Story So Far.....
The plan to invade Europe, liberate the occupied countries and defeat Nazi Germany has its roots in a telegram from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, to U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dated 25 July 1940. He wrote
plans ought also to be made for coming to the aid of the conquered populations by landing armies of liberation when opportunity is ripe. For this purpose it will be necessary, not only to have great numbers of tanks, but also vessels capable of carrying them and landing them direct on to beaches.
Click to enlarge - Roosevelt and ChurchillChurchill created a Combined Services Committee in 1942 to study the possibilities and, at the Casablanca Conference in January 1943 Churchill and Roosevelt agreed to create the Anglo-American Inter-Service Headquarters to make preparations for the invasion in readiness for the day when a Supreme Commander could be appointed. Click to enlarge - General Frederick MorganIn the meantime Lieutenant-General Frederick Morgan took on the post of Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander (designate);  he was known by the acronym COSSAC. Everyone had their own D-Day story; some tank men will be telling us theirs…  
Countdown Diary
Regular updates 60 years back -Read the diary entries >>
Where and When
That the invasion would be launched from Britain seemed obvious, once a plan to attack from the Mediterranean had been dropped......>>
Code Names
Code names are a vital part of military planning, another means to maintain security. Operation Sledgehammer was the name given..>>
Bitter Experience
Amphibious operations are as old as military history, but tanks added a complex new dimension. Plans had been hatched..>>
The Funnies
Funnies was a collective noun for tanks that had been adapted to do something more than just fight in the regular way..>>
Combined Ops
The distinctive badge, with it's Anchor, Eagle and Tommy gun, symbolised the spirit of co-operation and harmony between the three services that Churchill expected when he created..>>
Fortress Europe
The Germans had been expecting an invasion since 1942. They knew it was coming but they could not be sure when, or of course where..>>
Personal Stories
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