D-Day veterans meet at Southwick House where the order to begin Operation Overlord was given

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D-Day Veterans pose for a photograph in front of the D-Day Map at Southwick House.
D-Day Veterans pose for a photograph in front of the D-Day Map at Southwick House.

D-Day veterans met for afternoon tea and a formal dinner at the mansion in Southwick which served as the allies’ forward headquarters for the D-Day beach landing operations.

Southwick House is a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion house that was the nerve centre of D-Day and it was from there that Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower and Commander of the Allied Ground Forces General Bernard Montgomery made the monumental call to launch Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France.

Veterans gathered in what is now named the Eisenhower Room, where the fateful decision was made. The visit was thought to be the largest meeting of surviving D-Day veterans this year, as some were not well enough to make the journey to Normandy for the 80th anniversary later in the week.

Many of the veterans went on travel to Normandy on Tuesday morning, while others remained in the UK to attend the national commemorative event in Portsmouth, which took place on Wednesday.

Southwick House is still a working military base, and is home to the Defence School of Policing and Security.


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