D-Day Lunch & Talk

Spring Potpourri Series – something different

This year the country commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944. To remember those who served in the Second World War, this quarter our Spring Potpourri series comprises two online talks, which can be booked individually or as a package – see separate event listing. Our usual third talk is face-to-face and priced separately (£12). As our special D-Day event it begins with a fish and chips lunch after which we will have a D-Day talk with Q&A afterwards. 

About this event

Our D-Day event begins with a fish and chips lunch and then rounds off our season of talks marking the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, with a talk by Mike Cooper on the main events of D-Day itself.
“D-Day” wasn’t a single event, but many. Mike will look at the context for the landings, the planning and assumptions behind the actions of both sides, and at each of the landing beaches from the US landings on “Utah” beach to the west, to “Sword” in the East.  The Day began with airborne landings during the night, and saw fighting until the following nightfall.
This can’t be a detailed study, but for anyone with a general interest, or with a relative involved in this enormous, complex operation, it’ll be an introduction and overview to help you understand the nature and significance of what happened.

To Book

Pre-booking is required, ticket sales end three days before the talk. If you have any allergies or require a vegetarian option – please advise us of this during the booking process. We will then contact you separately about alternative options. Please note this event begins at the earlier than normal time of 1pm.        

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Image: D-Day Landing – Chief Photographer’s Mate (CPHOM) Robert F. Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)

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Thu 27 Jun


13:00 - 15:30




The Centre for Heritage & Family History
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ


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  • Mike Cooper
    Mike Cooper

    Mike has had a lifelong interest in history, especially military and local history. Following a history degree at the University of Reading he worked as a librarian, with both the University and Reading Library. In addition to work on librarianship, he has had three books on the history of Reading published. Mike works for Reading Borough Council, and lives in Tilehurst with his wife and Moggy the Cat.