As the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings approaches, Air Cadets from Squadrons within the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing have had the unique opportunity of being able to step back in time to see the historic wall map that was used in the planning of the D-Day invasion.
The large wall map which was used in 1944, in the months leading up to D-Day is located in the drawing room of Southwick House near Portsmouth, which became the operational headquarters of the main allied commanders, including, Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower, the Army Commander-in-Chief General Montgomery and the Naval Commander-in-Chief Admiral Ramsay.
The historic wall map that was used for planning D-Day is still in place in Southwick House, with the various markers showing the positions of the Allied Forces at H-Hour, D-Day 6th June 1944, the moment the first landings commenced.
Southwick House now forms part of the Officers Mess at Southwick Park , the Defence School of Policing and Guarding previously HMS Dryad at the time of the D-Day landings.
As well as visiting General Eisenhower's D-Day headquarters the Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron will also be joining other local cadet forces, ex-servicemen and women, during a special parade in Nuneaton's Riversley Park on Friday 6th June to mark the 70th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings.
The parade on Friday 6th June will form up at the tunnel in Riversley Park at 6.30pm and march through the park to the War Memorial for a 7pm service to be conducted by Reverend Helga Cornell.
Standard Bearers, Ex-Servicemen and women and members of the public are all invited to come along and mark this special moment in time as Nuneaton commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.