D-Day: 6th June 1944
The famous Normandy landings took place on Tuesday 6th June 1944. Codenamed Operation Overlord but more often known as D-Day, it was an Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Normandy in northern France.
Seaborne and airborne troops from Allied countries reclaimed the region amid fierce resistance. The operation began the liberation of Europe, paving the way for Allied victory.
Fighting on the Beaches
Many soldiers, sailors, and airmen left the counties of Northern Ireland to take part in the D-Day landings. Some were part of Operation Neptune with 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. Others landed around Ranville with 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles as part of 6th Airborne Division. Many more served with various regiments throughout the Normandy campaign.
John Shanahan served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles. The Cork native fought in Normandy after landing on Sword Beach on 6th June 1944.
Richard Keegan served with 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles in World War Two. Born in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh, he spent much of his adult life in Co. Armagh.