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D-Day 80: The Other Side of the Story

Two men planting explosives on a railway line

Speaker: Dr Kate Vigurs - historian and author of Mission France: The True History of the Women of SOE. 

Stories of the Normandy landings, the bravery on the beaches and the fight for European freedom are well known, arguably well worn. However, without the help of the resistance, the Maquis and Special Operations Executive (herein collectively referred to as ‘resistance’) the success of the D-day landings could have been very different.

7pm to 8pm 

About this lecture

As the troops landed in Normandy the ‘resistance’ had prepared the interior of France by blowing up trains, cutting telecommunications lines and launching ambushes on German troops trying to get to the beaches. 

Kate Vigurs will delve into this side of D-day story and debate the success (or failure) of the work carried out by the ‘resistance’ by dispelling myths, digging deep into the missions undertaken and revealing stories of post D-day kidnappings, arrests, massacres and assassinations.


This lecture will take place at Fort Nelson.

Tickets are £7.50 and include parking and light refreshments.

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