Marine’s role at D-Day commemorated with special display case.

Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, Royal Marines, D-Day, Memorial, Southsea, 1948.
Photograph shows: Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery KG GCB DSO PC inspecting the Royal Marines Guard of Honour at the unveiling of the D-Day Memorial in Southsea in 1948.
 
The essential role played by Royal Marines in the D-Day Normandy Landings, Operation Neptune, is marked by a temporary special display case at the Royal Marines Museum, Eastney featuring a number of artefacts displayed for the first time. 
 
The display focuses on the importance of remembrance and the ways in which people commemorate key moments. It has been assembled to coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day this year on June 6th but will remain on display until September. The Royal Marines Museum is part of The National Museum of the Royal Navy which recently affiliated with the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth. 
 
The D-Day Landings was the single largest deployment in the history of the Marine Corps involving 17,500 personnel. They were heavily involved in the initial landings, operating landing craft, assaulting the beaches and employed in a large variety of supporting roles, including manning many of the Royal Navy’s bombarding guns. 
 
Five Royal Marine Commandos (41,45, 46, 47 and 48) were involved in the Normandy Landings with 46 (RM) Commando landing the day after the initial assaults (D-Day 21).  All of these units continued to push through the continent alongside their Army colleagues and various divisions from the United States, Canadian and French forces, gaining key victories.  47 (RM) Commando, in particular, were instrumental in the vital capture of Port-en-Bessin on June 7th. 
 
Amongst the artefacts featured in the case are a carving made by Corporal Eric Taylor and presented to General Sir Campbell Hardy KCB CBE DSO in 1984; a photograph of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery inspecting the Royal Marines Guard of Honour at the unveiling of the D-Day Memorial in Southsea in 1948 and a collection of commemorative medals for the Normandy Landings. 
 
For further information about visiting the Royal Marines Museum, please visit www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk 
 

Royal Marines Museum