D-Day, 6th June 1944

“OK let’s go!……..With these words, the greatest invasion force that the World has ever seen prepared to hurl itself across the English Channel at Hitler’s much vaunted ‘Fortress Europe’.

Nestling beneath the northern slopes of Portsdown Hill, the escarpment that stands sentinel over the Naval base of Portsmouth, the village of Southwick with its thatched roofs and half-timbered cottages remains largely unchanged from that day in June 1944 when this little Hampshire settlement became, quite literally, the centre of OPERATION OVERLORD.

It was at Southwick House, the elegant Georgian mansion and ancestral home of the Thistlethwayte family, that General Dwight D Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, made his historic and momentous decision committing three million men and 2,727 ships to the operation which turned the tide of World War II. In the spring of 1944 the house became the forward headquarters for the Normandy invasion. The large, specially produced, wall map on which the progress of the Operation was plotted still remains; the room in which it stands is now part of the Officers Mess of Southwick Park.

In the village itself the lounge bar of the Golden Lion public house became the unofficial Officers’ Mess, where members of the planning staff, General Eisenhower, General Montgomery and other senior Allied Commanders, could relax over a beer from the adjoining Brewhouse.

Over the weekend of 11th and 12th June 2016, visitors can breathe in the atmosphere of those historic days at the nerve centre of Operation Overlord with an all inclusive package which includes:

  • Free car parking in event car park
  • Period Shuttle Bus to Southwick House
  • Entry to Southwick House and the famous D-Day Wall Map, preserved in its original position and set for H-Hour, D-Day
  • Special 45 minute presentation in the Map Room by museum staff will give you an insight into the enormous scale and detail of the planning of Operation Overlord
  • Entry to the Royal Military Police Museum, next to Southwick House. The Museum Shop stocks a number of D-Day related books
  • Return Shuttle Bus
  • Entry to the special exhibition of wartime village life staged in the Church, the Peculiar of St James Without the Priory Gate

We look forward to greeting you in June

ROYAL MILITARY POLICE MUSEUM

Wherever the RMP training is undertaken, the Museum remains an integral part – first at Woking, then from 1954-2006 at Chichester, and today at Southwick. By learning from the experiences of the Military Police since 1812, both new RMP trainees and members of the public can gain an insight into their vital work.

The Military Police have served in every conflict since the Napoleonic Wars, and exhibits reflect the broad range of roles they undertake from route signing in the trenches, though the battlefields of El Alamein and Arnhem through to mentoring the Afghan Police and Army.

The Museum is open Monday to Friday 9.30 – 4.30
Visits are by appointment only
Tel 023 9228 4372
Museum_rhqrmp@btconnect.com

 

 

 

With thanks to our sponsors:

Simon Greenly

L & S Waste

The Military Vehicles Trust

(South Hants Area)

 

Biscoes

Lockheed Martin

Coffin Mew

Adnams. Southwold

The Golden Lion Pub

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EXCLUSIVE D-DAY REVIVAL TOURS

Only available on Saturday 10 June & Sunday 11 June

  • Free car parking in event car park
  • Period Shuttle Bus to Southwick House
  • Entry to Southwick House and the famous D-Day Wall Map
  • Special 45 minute talk in the Map Room by museum staff
  • Entry to Royal Military Police Museum within Southwick Park
  • Return Shuttle Bus
  • Entry to the special exhibition of wartime village life
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