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Events to mark 70th anniversary of D Day at IWM Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 

A range of events, activities and exhibitions at Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford will be used to comemorate the 70th anniversary of D Day.

The preparations for the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944 and the decisive Operation Overlord will be explored along with the personal stories and individual contributions from those involved with the battle.

The D Day landings tours will be on April 5, 30, May 3, 21, and June 6, with guides talking through the strategic planning, use of misinformation and the mission itself while touring the Land Warfare exhibition.

These tours start at 11am at the Airspace entrance, last for 90 minutes, have groups of up to 25 and places must be booked in advance at iwm.org.uk.

April 5 to 21 sees Easter holiday activities looking at the scientific creations of the era, giving you the chance to fire a petard, build a Bailey bridge, learn how to drive a tank, try on uniforms, make Airfix models and design a D Day tank.

The D Day Anniversary Show will be on May 24 and 25, featuring fighter, bomber and transport aircraft that would have been in the skies over northern France in 1944.

The Military Vehicle Show will be on June 15, with motorcycles, jeeps, ambulances, huge trucks and tanks on parade for Father’s Day.

Visitors will be able to try on military equipment and clamber around the vehicles.

New exhibitions include ‘The Last of the Liberators’ photographic collection, featuring portraits of some of the last surviving Normandy veterans at the spot where they fought seven decades ago.

‘The Padre’s Trail’ in May presents a personal experience of the landings, including the story of Captain Leslie Skinner, told in his own voice with extracts from his diary during the years he spent fighting with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry tank regiment as they fought through France and Germany.

Collections on display include the Normandy Experience and Monty exhibitions, which tell the story of the final months of World War II from D Day through the fierce French battle to VE Day.

The Echo would like to hear from D Day veterans and their families in the area.

If you or your parents or grandparents, aunts or uncles, brothers or sisters were involved in the events surrounding the Normandy landings, please email catherine.turnbull@haverhillecho.com

For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, February 27) Echo.

 

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