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Firing on Fortress Europe

On 6 June 1944, HMS Belfast supported troops in action on the beaches of Normandy in the campaign to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. This book recounts this extraordinary story, focusing on the dramatic events of 6 June but setting the context of the ship's history in the Arctic Convoy Service and Battle of North Cape. It describes the build-up to D-Day as seen and experienced by Belfast's people, and explains her role in the longer Battle for Normandy. Using first-hand accounts from IWM's rich collection of oral testimonies, diaries, and memoirs along with over 200 colour photographs, HMS Belfast at D-Day brings to life her leading role in the largest invasion operation in history.

  • Author: Nick Hewitt
  • Title: Firing on Fortress Europe: HMS Belfast at D-Day
  • First Published by: Imperial War Museum
  • First Published Format: PB
  • First Published Date: 12 May 2016
  • ISBN-10: 1904897576
  • ISBN-13: 9781904897576

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