Hampshire History Blog

Hampshire History Blog Hampshire History Blog is about the Hampshire History team out and  about visiting Hampshire’s historic sites, enjoying arts cultural and heritage  in the county and sharing discoveries along the way. We thought it might be interesting to share a few views and experiences as we evolve the Hampshire History project. Some of…

D-Day Window Portsmouth Cathedral

D-Day Window Portsmouth Cathedral

The D-Day window in Portsmouth Cathedral was installed in 1956 as a memorial to Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey who commanded the seaborne forces at Normandy in 1944.

Portsmouth Remembers D-Day

Portsmouth Remembers D-Day

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Thousands of people came to Portsmouth to remember the 156,000 Allied troops who left the shores of southern England, launching themselves into the choppy sea of the Solent before landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans.

Preparing Southampton for D-Day

Preparing Southampton for D-Day

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

The city of Southampton and its docks were critical to the success or failure of Operation Overlord and D- Day. The city that had been devastated by air raids, somehow managed to become the greatest naval and military port the world had ever seen.

Anti – Tank Blocks Eastney

Anti – Tank Blocks Eastney

The anti tank blocks at Eastney Hampshire stand as a powerful reminder of a time when the coast of Hampshire bristled with defences

Bramshott and the Canadians in WWI and WWII

Bramshott and the Canadians in WWI and WWII

Bramshott and Liphook in Hampshire became home for thousands of Canadian soldiers during both great wars. The links between these villages in Hampshire and the Canadian nation are touchingly deep, with 318 soldiers buried in the churchyard.

D-Day Gathering

D-Day Gathering

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Making ready for Overlord in Hampshire, with troops massing on the South Coast, Eisenhower moving into Southwick House and Admiral Ramsay running Neptune from Southwick Fort. Who was in your area around the time of Mid-May to 6th June there was lots of hearsay but has your village or town got a story to tell?

Droxford WW2 and the Royal Ulster Rifles

Droxford WW2 and the Royal Ulster Rifles

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

In the run up to D-Day Droxford was home to troops near and far including the 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. By kind permission of the official history site for the 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, we are able to share some images from May 1944.