Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum Events

D-Day 80 exhibition

Opening Date: Saturday 1st June

Cost: Free, with paid museum entry

Eighty years ago over 150,000 troops landed in Normandy to free Europe from Nazi domination. Amongst them were many men from Gloucestershire, including 2nd Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment.

The exhibition will tell the wider story of the operations from planning to the airborne invasion and beyond. We also highlight the personal stories of those from our county who took part in D-Day including:

  1. Sergeant Gilbert Brain who was awarded a Military Medal for his actions at Le Havre.
  2. Major Robin Dunn whose actions in holding back a Panzer Regiment north of Caen saw him awarded the Military Cross.
  3. Major Peter Clifford who operated one of the infamous ‘flail tanks’ clearing the beaches of mines so that the infantry could be safely landed.

The exhibition has been designed so that it can evolve to cover many of the major anniversaries coming up on the next year including Arnhem, Burma and VE Day.

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