From Northern Ireland to Normandy [D-Day 75]

D-Day on 6th June 1944 became famous as one of the greatest Allied victories of World War Two. Many who landed on the beaches came from Northern Ireland.

D-Day: 6th June 1944

The famous Normandy landings took place on Tuesday 6th June 1944. The invasion's codename was Operation Overlord but more often it is 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. The Royal Ulster Rifles are the only British Army regiment ro have two battalions land in Normandy on D-Day. 2nd Battalion landed on Sword Beach and 1st Battalion arrived by glider near Ranville.

Preparing for D-Day in Northern Ireland

Visit to Normandy in 2014

We visited Normandy, France in 2014 for the 70th-anniversary commemorations of D-Day. Many veterans joined world leaders, tourists, and locals on the streets to celebrate the liberation of France.

Fighting in Normandy

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.

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