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D-Day 80: Airborne Assaults

Soldiers disembarking a transport plane.

Speaker: James Daly

Proposed airborne assaults during Operation Overlord.

7pm to 8pm 

About this lecture

The airborne landings on D-Day played a major part in the success of the largest amphibious operation ever mounted. Yet just over three months later Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation ever attempted, failed to take all its objectives. It is notable, however, that in the film ‘A Bridge Too Far’ Dirk Bogarde’s Lieutenant General ‘Boy’ Browning refers to many cancelled operations being since D-Day. What were these operations? Why do we know so little about them? And what can they tell us about Allied airborne planning, and the way that the allies fought, in 1944?

James Daly is a historian and museum curator. James has previously published on the experiences of Portsmouth people in the First and Second world wars. He was inspired to write this series of books on airborne operations by the experiences of his grandfather, who fought at Arnhem with the 11th Battalion Parachute Regiment. Part of the curatorial team that developed the new displays at the D-Day Story in Portsmouth, James has also lectured to a wide range of audiences and appeared on podcasts such as ‘We have ways of making you talk’ with Al Murray and James Holland. An Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Associate of the Museums Association, James lives and works in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.


This lecture will take place at Fort Nelson. 

Tickets cost £7.50 and include parking and light refreshments.

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