Operation Overlord and D-Day
The situation in Britain
In Britain the calls for a Second Front were being echoed on the
streets and in the music halls.
The British leader Winston Churchill seemed reluctant to commit
to the invasion at first. Although Britain had managed to gain
control in the skies, the sheer mass of supplies and organisation
that would be required to mount an invasion seemed an impossible
There was considerable tension and excitement in Southampton
when it finally became clear that something was at last happening.
A local resident noted in his diary: ‘Southampton is packed with
troops. There are camps on every available piece of spare ground…
Invasion fever is gripping everyone.’
Can you picture what is was like after years of bombing raids
and fear of invasion to finally feel that the tide was turning?
Imagine what it was like to wake up and find that troops and
supplies are moving through the city. D-Day, the day the attack
would start, was approaching.
Blitzed homes were a