Operation Neptune

A booklet has been produced by the Naval Historical Branch on the assault phase of the D Day landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944.

The booklet contains details of the operation including the military Forces involved, what shore bases were used, the ships and units that made up the various task forces and a chronology of Naval action.


Location Normandy, France

HMS Belfast

At 0527 hours on 6 June 1944, HMS Belfast was one of the first ships to open fire on German positions along the Normandy coast. The cruiser was the flagship of Bombarding Force 'E', providing naval gunfire support to the troops landing at Gold and Juno beaches.

Admiral Bertram Ramsey

Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief
Expeditionary Force