Time Label: May: One month to D-Day

Late May 1944

By now, the troops that will land in Normandy on D-Day and immediately afterwards are in camps all along the south coast of England. Before the end of May, the…

31 May 1944

The first troops begin to load onto the ships and landing craft that will take them to Normandy. The size of the landing force means that the embarkation process is…

15 May 1944

The final briefing for Allied senior officers takes place at St Paul’s School, London. It is attended by King George VI and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

2 May 1944

Exercise Fabius begins at several sites along the coast of southern England. This is the largest series of training exercises so far, and the last before D-Day. In total, 25,000…

2 May 1944

The date for D-Day is delayed from 31 May. Two periods in the following month are identified as suitable, based on the tides and the amount of moonlight: 5-7 June…