Normandy Beach

Monday 22 – Thursday 25 July 2019

Hosted by Global War Studies, Brécourt Academic and University of Portsmouth Business School

Global War Studies, Brécourt Academic, and the University of Portsmouth Business School – in association with The D-Day Story and the Navy Records Society – are pleased to announce a major international conference marking the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Campaign.
Normandy 75 brings together scholars, students, and the general public to explore this seminal event in detail, and promote an interdisciplinary and international study of the Normandy Campaign by drawing upon the latest scholarship from a variety of disciplines. The conference also serves as a forum for Second World War historians to discuss and debate the wide-ranging, international implications of the campaign and how it impacted other theatres – and aspects – of the conflict.

Registration

Book your place

Online registration for Normandy 75 is open until Friday 5 July 2019.

  • £325.00 – General Delegates (non-presenters)
  • £285.00 – Presenters/Students

The registration fee includes all keynote, plenary, and panel sessions as well as the conference dinner, a drinks reception, and daily breakfasts and lunches.

The University of Portsmouth will offer on-campus accommodations for interested delegates at the rate of £75.00 per night. Advance reservations will be required via the conference online store.

Event accommodation

Your accommodation has been reserved for you in Chaucer House (Isambard Bruunel Road, Portsmouth. The building shares a reception with the adjacent Margaret Rule Hall which is number 33 on the map.

Your can check into your room from 2.00pm until midnight. Check out is by 10.00am on the day of departure. These is a luggage store if you arrive early at the accommodation.

Your room is supplied with bedding, towels and wifi. We don't supply a hairdryer, iron or any toiletries. Adjacent to your own single en-suite room, will be a kitchen which is shared by other group members, and in the kitchen there will be tea and coffee facilities, microwave and fridge freezer. There is also a laundry on the ground floor.

The accommodation is 200m away from the central Portsmouth and Southsea Station and we encourage all guests to travel by train or other public transport. If you have to travel by car, there is a public car park in Isambard Brunel Road around 200m away. The car park is run by Portsmouth City Council where further details, prices and methods to pay can be found.

Breakfast for all days will be served between 8.00am and 9.00am in Portland Building and can be found on the map (map reference 2).

Download a map of the campus

Additional maps are available at Chaucer House.

Normandy 75: An International Conference

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 sail for France in early June.

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.

Normandy 75 program, plenary sessions and special events

Program

Provisional times as of 15 May 2019

9.00am-6.00pm

Check-in/Information Table

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building 

11.30am-12.30pm

Lunch

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

12.30pm-5.00pm

Conference Sessions

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

5.00pm-6.00pm

Informal Networking/Bus Transport to Museum

6.00pm-8.00pm

Conference Drinks Reception

D-Day Story Museum

Provisional times as of 15 May 2019

7.30am-8.30am

Breakfast

TBD

9.00am-6.00pm

Check-in/Information Table

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

9.00am-11.30am

Conference Sessions

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

11.30am-12.30am

Lunch

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

12.30pm-5.00pm

Conference Sessions

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

5.00pm-6.00pm

Informal Networking/Personal Time

6.00pm-8.00pm

Conference Dinner – BBQ

Ravelin Park

Provisional times as of 15 May 2019

7.30am-8.30am

Breakfast

TBD

9.00am-1.00am

Check-in/Information Table

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Buildin

9.00am-11.30am

Conference Sessions

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Buildin

11.30am-1.00pm

Lunch/Travel Time to NMRN

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

1.00pm-5.00pm

Conference Sessions National Museum Royal Navy (NMRN)

5.00pm-5.30pm

Travel Time to HMS Warrior

5.30pm-6.00pm

Informal Delegate Tours of HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior

6.00pm-8.00pm

Reception – No Host/Cash Bar

HMS Warrior

Provisional times as of 15 May 2019

7.30am-8.30am

Breakfast

TBD

9.00am-12.00pm

Information Table

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

9.00am-12.00pm

Conference Sessions

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building

12.00pm-1.00pm

Boxed lunch to go

University of Portsmouth, Richmond Build

Plenary sessions

The Second World War Intelligence Research Group and Brécourt Academic, in association with Bletchley Park, Trent Park Museum, The Medmenham Association, and Global War Studies, are pleased to announce a special plenary session, "Intelligence and Operation Overlord."

 

Featured participants in this special plenary event include:

Dr. Claire Hubbard-Hall, Bishop Grosseteste University

Dr. Helen Fry, Trent Park Museum

Dr. David Kenyon, Bletchley Park

Professor David Kohnen, U.S. Naval War College

Dr. Stephen Twigge, The National Archives, Kew

Dr. Simon Willmetts, University of Leiden

Professor Mary Kathryn Barbier, Mississippi State University

The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick, in association with the Juno Beach Centre Association and Brécourt Academic, are pleased to announce a special plenary session, "Canada and the Campaign to Liberate Europe, 1940–1945."

 

Featured participants in this special plenary event include:

Professor Marc Milner, University of New Brunswick

Professor Lee Windsor, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Mike Bechthold, Juno Beach Centre Association

Michael Whitby, Department of National Defence, Canada

Professor Roger Sarty, Wilfrid Laurier University

The U.S. Naval War College and The John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research, in association with Brécourt Academic and Global War Studies, are pleased to announce a special plenary session, "Operation Neptune and Beyond: Naval and Maritime Aspects of the Normandy Campaign"

 

Featured participants in this special plenary event include:

Professor David Kohnen, U.S. Naval War College

Professor Craig L. Symonds, U.S. Naval War College

Professor Geoffrey Till, U.S. Naval War College

Professor Evan Wilson, U.S. Naval War College

Professor Marc Milner, University of New Brunswick

Michael Whitby, Department of National Defence, Canada

Dr. Tim Benbow, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, King's College London

Dr. Donald K. Mitchener, University of North Texas

The Air Command and Staff College, as part of USAF Air University, Maxwell AFB Alabama, in association with the United States Air Force Academy and Brécourt Academic, are pleased to announce a special plenary session, "The Air War for Normandy and the Liberation of Europe."

 

Featured participants in this special plenary event include:

Dr. S. Mike Pavelec, Air Command and Staff College

Dr. Mike Bechthold, Juno Beach Centre Association

Dr. Sebastian Lukasik, Air Command and Staff College

Dr. Margaret Martin (Colonel, USAF), Chair, Dept. of History, U.S. Air Force Academy

Dr. John C. McManus, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Donald K. Mitchener, University of North Texas

Dr. Heather Venable, Air Command and Staff College

Dr. Russell Hart, Hawai'i Pacific University

Keynote speakers and special events

Keynote Speakers

Richard B. Frank, "June 1944: Calendar of Triumph, Calendar of Tragedy"

John C. McManus, "The American Experience at Normandy"

Marc Milner, "Normandy, Politics, and the Press"

Julie Summers, "A Month in the Country: June 1944 on the Home Front"

Geoffrey Till, "The Normandy Landings and their Antecedents"

Special Conference Events

Monday evening, 6.00pm-8.00pm

The D-Day Story will be hosting the conference-sponsored drinks reception at the museum. Although the museum will be closed to the general public, it will be open and accessible to Normandy 75 delegates.

Wednesday afternoon, 5.30pm–6.00pm

The National Museum of the Royal Navy will be providing informal guided tours of HMS Warrior. Although the ship will be closed to the general public, it will be open and accessible to Normandy 75 delegates.

Wednesday evening, 6.00pm–8.00pm

The National Museum of the Royal Navy will be sponsoring a no-host/cash bar drinks reception on board HMS Warrior.

Call for Papers


Papers dealing with one or more of the following topics are welcome and while the Normandy Campaign is the focus, papers and panels covering other related topics or taking thematic approaches are equally encouraged.


  • Operation Overlord
  • Air Power
  • Naval Operations
  • Ground Combat Operations Planning & Strategy
  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Economics
  • Homefront
  • Civilians Alliance Politics
  • Resistance Movements
  • Industry
  • Special Operations Mobilization
  • Science & Technology
  • Prisoners of War
  • Intelligence

Paper proposals must be submitted by 15 January 2019 and must include a brief (200 words or less) one-paragraph abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Panel proposals are welcome and should include a brief description of the panel's theme.

Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:

Sharon von Maier
pacwar@gmail.com
202 875 1436 (US number)

Book your place

Online registration for Normandy 75 is open until Friday 5 July 2019.

  • £325.00 – General Delegates (non-presenters)
  • £285.00 – Presenters/Students
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