D-Day: 6th June 1944
The now famous D-Day Landings took place on Tuesday 6th June 1944 on the coast of Normandy, France. The amphibious Allied invasion took the codename Operation Neptune. This marked the first day of Operation Overlord, the Battle of Normandy.
Seaborne and airborne Allied troops took the Normandy beaches 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 to have two battalions land in Normandy on D-Day. 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles landed on Sword Beach on the morning of 6th June 1944. 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles were already on the ground having landed 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.