D-Day Landings Sword Beach

BFBS’s Richard Hutchinson presents this exclusive two-hour Forces Life Special, "HMS Medusa - Remembering D-Day, 70 years on".

HMS Medusa was deployed as a Navigation Leader during Operation Neptune. For thirty hours she withstood enemy gunfire while acting as a marker to guide American troops through German minefields and onto Omaha beach.

Richard visits the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, the famous Map Room in Southwick House, where President Eisenhower gave the orders for D-Day, and goes on board the iconic motor launch with veterans as they retrace part of their journey in the Solent. He said:

"It was a privilege to be welcomed aboard HMS Medusa, to meet her crew and learn the story behind one small vessel that played such a big part in the D-Day landings.”

Photo: Imperial War Museum