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Churchill’s D-Day

15 February at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Was Churchill an architect of the D-Day operation or did he seek to delay and obstruct the liberation of France in June 1944? In this 4 week course, Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre, will use documents from the time to revisit the debates around the planning, preparation, execution and legacy of operation Overlord. 2024 is the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the 150th of Churchill’s birth. What better moment to study them both?

Course dates are:

Week 1 – 15 February 2024

Week 2 – 22 February 2024

Week 3 – 29 February 2024

Week 4 – 7 March 2024

Attendees in the US: these sessions start at 11.00am (Pacific Time)/ 2.00pm (Eastern Time).

If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch: bethany@sirmartingilbertlearningcentre.org

Mr Allen Packwood

Mr Allen Packwood

Allen Packwood BA, MPhil (Cantab), is a Fellow of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge, the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was awarded an OBE for services to archives and scholarship in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours. His book, How Churchill Waged War, was published by Pen & Sword in 2018. The book Churchill’s D-Day by General Lord Dannatt and Allen Packwood will be published in June.

The Churchill Archives Centre is located in the grounds of Churchill College, and is home to the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Thatcher, Sir John Major and almost seven hundred of their contemporaries: politicians, diplomats, civil servants, military leaders and scientists of the modern era. It is still collecting. Allen likes to joke that it is the equivalent of four American Presidential Libraries! 


15 February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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