Build up to D-Day 1944

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Explore sites connected to the preparations for the D-Day Normandy Landings, Operation Overlord, in 1944, as well as some iconic WW2 museums.

You will stay for four nights at the four-star Langstone Quays Resort on Hayling Island, Portsmouth.
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  • UK Coach Departures

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then travel to Hayling Island, Portsmouth for a four-night stay.

Location: D-Day Dorset

<p> We begin by travelling down to Dorset and stopping at Tarrant Rushton Airfield to look at the story of the gliders, which took off from here and went on to land at Pegasus Bridge in Normandy. </p><p> We then continue to the Bovington Tank Museum (entrance included), for a full exploration of this site. </p><p> Later we visit Weymouth to see where Allied troops embarked for Normandy, visiting the memorial. </p><p> We end the day at the Castletown D-Day Centre (entrance included), a new museum focussing on the connections with Normandy and operations across the channel in 1944. </p>

Location: D-Day Portsmouth

<p> We begin today outside Portsmouth at the Creech Woods Marshalling Area, seeing where the build-up for D-Day took place. </p><p> We then travel to Southwick to discuss the heart of the D-Day Command and then go to the new D-Day Experience Museum (entrance included) in Portsmouth. Here, we also see the original D-Day Landing Craft Tank, which was recently restored and installed at the museum. </p><p> We then visit the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, and look at the stories of Royal Naval personnel on D-Day commemorated. </p>

Location: D-Day Hampshire and Sussex

<p> Today we travel to the Gosport area to look at D-Day embarkations and then continue to Hayling Island where we look at pre-D-Day training and Langstone Harbour we see a remaining section of the Mulberry Harbour used in 1944. </p><p> Later, we look at the key role of 2nd Tactical Airforce on D-Day and visit the RAF Tangmere Museum (entrance included) near Chichester. </p>

Return home.

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    -4 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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