Portsmouth Business School
22-25 July 2019 - University of Portsmouth Business School
Global War Studies and the University of Portsmouth Business School, in association with the D-Day Museum and the Navy Records Society, are pleased to announce a major international conference marking the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Campaign.
Normandy 75 will bring together scholars, students and the general public to explore this seminal event in detail, and seeks to promote an interdisciplinary and international study of the Normandy Campaign by means of drawing upon the latest scholarship from a variety of disciplines.
The conference will also be a forum for Second World War historians to discuss and debate the wide-ranging, international implications of the campaign and how it impacted other theaters - and aspects - of the conflict.
Normandy 75 and the City of Portsmouth
The City of Portsmouth, and the adjacent areas of Gosport and Southsea, have a close association with the Normandy Campaign. In 1944, Portsmouth lay at the heart of a vast marshalling area for around 30,000 British and Canadian troops involved in the invasion. Many of these personnel embarked on the vessels that would carry them to Normandy at Portsmouth and nearby loading points, while hundreds of warships, landing craft, and other elements of the amphibious assault force gathered there before setting saily for France in early June.
The conference proceedings will be published as an edited volume. There will also be a special issue of Global War Studies featuring papers from the conference.
The massive Portsmouth naval dockyard provided critical construction, repair, and supply facilities for the maritime elements of the invasion force, and also played a significant role in the construction of components of the famous 'Mulberry Harbours'. Portsmouth was also close to the command and control centre for Operation Neptune, located at Southwick House, a few miles north-east of the city.
In short, there is no place within the United Kingdom more suited as a venue for this important conference on one of the most significant events in 20th century military history.
Further details will be posted here shortly.