The Normandy Landings that took place on 6 June 1944 involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply enormous. What followed was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. As casualties mounted, so too did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of liberation had their darker side.
In this wide-ranging discussion, a panel of experts will consider the lessons from Normandy, including the liberation of Nazi Europe and the subsequent peace project of European integration; the continuing and deepening UK defence relationship with the USA; de Gaulle's reaction to French marginalisation in the Second World War alliance in general and D-Day in particular - fast-forwarding to the doctrinal and organisational legacy and impact on thinking and practice today.
- Sir Antony Beevor FRSL FRHistS, Author and Historian;
- Major General (Ret’d) Mungo Melvin CB OBE, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI;
- Professor David Reynolds FBA, Professor of International History and Fellow, Christ's College, University of Cambridge.
- Gill Bennett OBE MA FRHistS, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI and former Chief Historian, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
D-Day 75th Anniversary