And some of the city’s most famous landmarks played huge roles in the Normandy Landings. From treating troops to building the artificial harbours used to land on the beaches of France.
1. St James' Hospital
This hospital was another place where troops injured in Normandy were treated. Mostly it was used to treat burn cases and lightly wounded soldiers.
Photo: Sarah Standing
2. Portsmouth Harbour train station
While you may use this station to catch a train, back during the build up to D-Day this was where allied troops boarded the ships to head to Normandy.
Photo: Michael Scaddan
3. Hilsea Barracks
These barracks were used by the American troops in the run up to D-Day and housed the Engineer, Chemical, Ordnance, Postal and Bakery units.
4. Gunwharf Quays
Now a top shopping destination, during WW2 this was where HMS Vernon was based. It was the base for part of Force S and for the Motor Torpedo Boats, which protected the flanks during D-Day.
Photo: Habibur Rahman