To mark the 75th anniversaries of the D-Day Landings and the end of World War Two, in 2019 and 2020 respectively, we are currently preparing a series of guides to sites and memorials that commemorate the events of the first half of the 1940s. These are what we have so far. Bookmark and return to this page for updates to these and new material.
When we think of D-Day, we all have a mental image of troops landing on the beaches of Normandy or of military cemeteries with rows of pure white headstones and crosses next to idyllic beaches. What about where these men left from? D-Day was months in the planning. The south of England was taken over in the preparation for D-Day, and traces of this have been left behind all over the country … Read More >>
Few visitors to Paris are aware that there are a number of sites and memorials to the horrific events that took place during the Occupation of the city by the Nazis during World War Two, from 14 June 1940 to 25 August 1944. This guide provides details of the various sites, museums and memorials to the occupation of the city, the inhumane deportations and the liberation of Paris in 1944. … Read More >>
The German army entered Luxembourg on 10 May 1940, by noon the capital was occupied. Luxembourg remained under occupation until August 1942 when it was annexed as part of Germany. As with other parts of occupied Europe, men were conscripted, while Jews and others deported. American forces arrived in September 1944 and by January 1945 after the Battle of the Bulge the Germans had been expelled. … Read More >>