june, 2024

06junalldayFeatured80th Anniversary of D-DayWith a beacon lighting ceremony at Fairhaven at 9:15pm

Event Details

The D-Day landings of 6th June 1944 was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Along with the associated airborne operations, it marked the beginning of the liberation of France and western Europe.

Unprecedented coordination between Allied nations, and the intensive planning of engineers, meteorologists, logisticians and countless more, led to a force from 13 countries approaching Normandy in a 5000-vessel armada.

In the early hours of D-Day, 24,000 paratroopers and glider-borne troops landed behind German lines to provide tactical support. Massive naval and aerial bombardments attempted to supress the German defences and weaponry. Then a ground force of more than 130,000 troops came ashore on five beaches across a 50-mile stretch of Normandy coast, with the first waves often facing intact defences. By the end of D-Day there had been 10,000 allied casualties. Yet this was only the beginning. The ensuing Battle of Normandy was to last into August and cost tens of thousands of lives as it defeated and repulsed the occupying German forces eastwards. It was a decisive success for the Allies and paved the way for the liberation of much of north west Europe.

More details soon on the events at Fairhaven to mark this anniversary. The beacon will be lit at 9:15pm but all other event timings to be confirmed when available.

 

Time

All Day (Thursday)

Location

Fairhaven Lake and Gardens

Inner Promenade, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1BD