D Day anniversary year

We are marking the 80th anniversary of D Day with a new exhibition and a full schedule of special events throughout the year.

Soldiers from the regiment landed on Gold Beach on 6 June 1944, part of the operation designed to invade France via the Normandy beaches. More than two thousand Green Howards were involved in the fighting during this pivotal period of the Second World War. They served as ground troops wading ashore from landing craft, or parachuting in to attempt to secure key strategic locations as part of the offensive. The months that followed in the French countryside would test them to their limits.

The only Victoria Cross awarded on D Day is on display in the museum’s Medal Room.

GET INVOLVED

We’ve started our anniversary year already with a dedicated Green Howards and D Day WW2 podcast from The History Network. Podcaster Angus Wallace sat down with our Researcher Steve Erskine to find out all about this fascinating period in the regiment’s history and the stories of the soldiers who were there. Available from your usual podcats providers, or LISTEN HERE…

Our D Day exhibition launches on 6 May. Admission is included in your museum entry. Visit the exhibition Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm throughout the year. PLAN YOUR VISIT…

We’re offering free short talks on selected Thursdays and Saturday mornings to introduce the role of Green Howards soldiers at D Day and give an insight into how we have put together our special exhibition. Pick a date to suit you and visit the museum for one of our ‘troop briefings’ to get closer to our collection. SEE BRIEFING DATES…

Enjoy time in the company of experts on this vital World War Two campaign. Join us at the museum on Tuesday 4 June as we hear about Matthew Leach’s passion for the period, which arose from his role in Band of Brothers. MORE INFO AND BOOKING DETAILS…

Join us on D Day itself as we mark the 80th anniversary here in Richmond, with a very special event to explore the chronology of what happened that day in 1944, the stories of those who were there and a unique opportunity to see history at very close quarters. BOOK NOW… 

Company Sergeant Major Stan Hollis was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions on 6 June 1944. We’ve got family workshops all about this; the most famous of medals, during the Easter holidays and May half term. SEE DATES HERE…

Come along to one of our Museum Talks. A key fixture of Thursday evenings every season, this year we are also offering talks on selected Saturday afternoons. From the soldiers who became paratroopers to those who carried out vital reconnaissance, and the story of the regiment through to the end of the war and the history of the Victoria Cross, our talks are delivered by our passionate staff and volunteers with guest speakers in the stunning surrounding of our Normanby Room. BROWSE OUR MUSEUM TALKS…

We’ll be launching a special online exhibition all about D Day this spring, so even if you can’t make it to the museum, you will be able to share in this special anniversary with us. See our current ONLINE EXHIBITIONS HERE…

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