Many special events are taking place in the UK and mainland Europe to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. One of the highest profile took place on June 5, when Her Majesty The Queen and other dignitaries paid tribute to Normandy veterans at an international event on Southsea Common in Hampshire. An audience of veterans, military, senior figures and local residents watched an hour-long performance telling the story of D-Day and the meticulous planning by allied forces that paved the way for the invasion of Normandy.
The event featured testimony from veterans, theatrical performances and live music culminating in a flypast of 24 aircraft including the Red Arrows and the iconic Spitfire. Veterans then enjoyed a reception where they met world leaders in person. More on this event and other D-Day commemorations will be included in the July issue of Britain at War – on sale June 27.