Allan Mallinson

Eighty years on, the planning of Operation Neptune remains awesome

The seaborne invasion went so smoothly, it might have been thought plain-sailing. But that was far from the truth. Nick Hewitt describes the meticulous forethought that preceded it

HMS Holmes drops a depth charge on a suspected U-boat during the landing operations on the Normandy coast, June 1944. [Alamy]

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