First Sea Lord pays tribute to heroes of D-Day invasion

Admiral Sir George Zambellas
Admiral Sir George Zambellas
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THE 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion is a ‘powerful reminder of the Royal Navy’s ability’, the First Sea Lord has said as he pays tribute to the efforts of all those involved.

Writing for The News, Admiral Sir George Zambellas highlighted the work of sailors who are deployed around the world on operations as Portsmouth prepares to mark 70 years since the landings which changed the Second World War.

His comments come in the introduction to a special souvenir picture supplement published today.

D-Day 70: In Pictures is a 48-page publication by The News featuring photographs from the historical library of this newspaper.

Adml Zambellas said: ‘I am delighted to be asked to provide the introduction to this commemorative D-Day newspaper.

‘Not only does it remind us of the selfless sacrifice made by so many in 1944, so that we might enjoy our freedom today, but it also reminds us that we are a nation which remains exquisitely dependent on the sea.

‘And, in our continuing journey of maritime responsibility, Portsmouth remains just as vital and supportive today as it was 70 years ago.’

From light-hearted scenes on the streets of Portsmouth in the hours before the invasion began, to sobering shots of soldiers launching their assault on the beaches, D-Day 70: In Pictures aims to tell the story of D-Day as it happened.

Mark Waldron, the editor of The News, said: ‘Several detailed accounts of the D-Day invasion have already been written, but this publication aims to capture the atmosphere of the time through photographs and memories of those who took part.

‘We have trawled through our picture archives and reproduced dozens of photographs taken by our own wartime photographers who were out on the streets of Portsmouth during that time.

‘The result is very moving, and while light-hearted in places, does not underestimate the immense importance of the invasion’s success.’

The supplement also includes the official programme of events taking place in Portsmouth from June 5.

Portsmouth City Council is putting on a range of events from June 5 to June 8 and beyond, including a visit from Princess Anne, a display by the Red Arrows, and a Drumhead Ceremony on Southsea Common. D-Day, launched on June 6, 1944, from several sites along the south coast, heralded the beginning of the end of the Second World War.

· The News has launched a Twitter feed which is live tweeting the build-up and launch of D-Day as it happened.

Follow @RealTimeDDay.

WHERE TO BUY

D-Day 70: In Pictures is on sale now for £2.

You can find it in all good newsagents, as well as Budgens, Martin McColl, Morrisons, Premier newsagents, the One Stop and Co-Operative stores.

Alternatively you can order a copy by calling 0844 292 0216 and choosing option 2.

Calls are charged at local rates from land lines. Lines open Monday to Friday, from 9am until 7pm, and until 1pm on Saturdays.

Copies can also be found in offices of The News, which are located in Portsmouth Central Library, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, and West Street, Fareham.