Wartime Co. Londonderry

The construction of wartime infrastructure in Co. Londonderry pre-dated the arrival of the US Army while Lisahally was the scene of a mass U-Boat surrender.

County Londonderry

United Kingdom

County Londonderry in the province of Ulster is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It covers an area of 2,074 square kilometres and has a population of about 247,132.

It shares borders with Co. Tyrone to the south-west and Co. Antrim to the east. On its north-western side is Lough Foyle.

German U-boat crew at Lisahally, Co. Londonderry

Imperial War Museum Photo: A 28898 (Part of the Admiralty Official Collection). A German U-boat crew unloads ammunition and supplies before Operation Deadlight in Lisahally in Co. Londonderry on 14th May 1945. Copyright Lieutenant CH Parnall.


The highest point in the county is Sawel Mountain in the Sperrins range along the Co. Tyrone border. Steep cliffs and a wild Atlantic coastline and stunning beaches dominate the north of the county.


The county takes its name from Dhoire, the Irish word for an Oak Grove. The area has often been the subject of political debate dating back to the Plantation of Ulster.

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the county's World War Two heritage.

Map showing World War Two in Draperstown, Co. Londonderry

World War Two in Draperstown, Co. Londonderry

Co. Londonderry

Exercise "Dragoon", a British Royal Artillery training manoeuvre took place in the Sperrin Mountains near Draperstown, Co. Londonderry on 1st April 1942.

Map showing World War Two in Eglinton, Co. Londonderry

World War Two in Eglinton, Co. Londonderry

Co. Londonderry

Eglinton is a small village in Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The village lies near the River Foyle in the Derry and Strabane District Council area.