Making #DDay70 Trend On Twitter

As the 6th June and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day approaches TV Historian Dan Snow, military historian Paul Reed and the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth are all leading a campaign on Twitter to get #DDay70 trending so that the events in Normandy seven decades ago are very much part of the public conciousness this week.

Paul Reed will be posting photos from Normandy all week using the #DDay70 hashtag with Tweets like this one:

Any Twitter user can help by using the #DDay70 tag or re-Tweeting anything with that tag. Non-Twitter users can view the Tweets by following the links above.


Latest Update From MOD re Accreditation & Ceremonies for #DDay70

The latest information sent by email from MOD reads:

Dear Sir or Madam,


The Ministry of Defence (MOD), working closely with our colleagues at The Royal British Legion (RBL) are pleased to announce that all successful applicants for British accreditation for events in Normandy on the 6 June has now been despatched via Royal Mail.

In the event that you have not received your documentation prior to departure, please be reassured that Ministry of Defence personnel are on hand to assist you with your accreditation requirements in Normandy.

A welcome centre is being established, at Caen Town Hall – Hôtel de Ville, Esplanade Jean Marie Louvel, 14027 Caen, France. This will be manned by us from the MOD Ceremonial Events and Commemoration Team, in uniform. Look out for our British Contingent and the D-Day 70 Logo.

The Welcome Centre opening hours are:

Monday 2 June 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 3 June 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 4 June 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 5 June 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


For security reasons, the French Government will not be issuing their invitations to the International Event at Sword Beach, Ouistreham until 3 June. Along with American and Commonwealth colleagues, the UK will have these invitations available for collection at the Welcome Centre, Caen Town Hall on the 4/ 5 June.

These invitations are largely being issued on a Normandy Veteran + 2 companions basis. However, it is expected that some capacity may become available for additional companions of Normandy Veterans. Where applicable, applicants will be contacted direct.

In the event that you are unable to collect your tickets from Caen Town Hall, arrangements are being made for an additional collection point at the “RBL Veterans Village” adjacent to the CWGC Bayeux Cemetery on 6 June.

Traffic Regulations For DDay70 Announced


The French Normandie-70 website has finally announced some concrete plans for the traffic arrangements for the DDay70 period.

The details are available on their website via this direct link to the relevant page in English:

These arrangements apply to all areas noted in the maps on this site which basically includes both American and British sectors.

In some respects the arrangements seem to contradict what has already been stated elsewhere and currently it is not clear whether those who applied via the MOD will have to apply again for this or whether this pass is included with that application.

It seems this new announcement is likely to cause as much confusion as questions it answers.


Update On French Accreditation System for DDay70

Since 10th April the Ministry of Defence has not been processing accreditation forms for non-Normandy veteran UK citizens.

This process is now being handled in France and the new form is available from the following, which is a quote from an email received from this department:

Return forms by email at the following email:

Or by mail and I give you the address:

Mission régionale pour l’organisation du 70e anniversaire du Débarquement et de la Bataille de Normandie, Quartier Lorge – rue Neuve Bourg l’Abbé BP 20528 – 14036 CAEN cedex, FRANCE.

For getting more information about official ceremonies, consult regularly the 70th official website ( where the official program will appear.

The new form now requires PHOTO ID and for those with transport curiously does not ask for vehicle registration, which was a key requirement of the MOD form.

More information will be posted when available.

DDay70 Update From Ministry Of Defence

The MOD DDay70 website is about to go live here:

Meanwhile the latest information received from MOD in the UK is as follows:

Accreditation for D-Day 70 Commemorations in France

If you are a veteran, family member, or accompanying someone who took part in the Normandy campaign and plan to attend the commemorations in France on 6 June , you will need to register your details with the Ministry of Defence in advance in order to gain access to the invasion beaches and surrounding areas, such as Arromanches, Bayeux, Caen, Ouistreham and in the American sector.

As a major anniversary, significantly more people than normal are planning to attend this year’s commemorations, putting significant pressure on the transport network, and as a result the French authorities will be putting in place stringent access control.

Please note that this is not an application to attend specific events, rather accreditation to be in the area itself.

You can register for accreditation by downloading and completing the form on this page, and returning it to:

D-Day 70, CECT, Level 6 Zone C
MOD Main Building


Please return your completed forms no later than 30 April 2014.

If you have any further questions, please contact the D-Day 70 team on 0207 218 1431, or 0207 218 7917.

All applications that have been submitted to date will be processed, however the D-Day 70 team wish to ensure that all veterans, their families and those who are accompanying them are accredited as a priority. Other members of the public wishing to travel to Normandy will need to accredit via the French authorities and contact details will be added to this website shortly.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued separate travel advice to the public for those wishing to make the journey to Normandy during the D-Day 70 commemorations here.

Information for media wishing to accredit for commemorations in France will be published in due course.

Funding for your trip

Veterans wishing to return to Normandy in June will be able to apply for financial support from the Big Lottery Fund, who last February extended their “Heroes’ Return 2 Scheme” till December 2015. This scheme enables veterans and their spouses, widows and widowers, and accompanying helpers to undertake the journey.

Details of the scheme can be found at:

For further information on planned D-Day 70 commemorations in the United Kingdom and Normandy please see the events page.

MOD DDay70 Accreditation Form Available

The MOD’s DDay70 page has not gone live yet but I have managed to get hold of the MOD form required to apply for accreditation needed to attend ceremonies in Normandy on 6th June.

If you are travelling with a tour operator you will still have to complete this form but it may be worth checking with the company to see if they are doing anything on your behalf: but do not assume they are. If in doubt fill in the form and send it off.

Many have asked what the cost is for accreditation: please note there is no cost involved.

If you have any queries regarding this then contact the MOD direct.

The form states:

Please return your completed forms to the MOD Ceremonial, Events and Commemorations Team by post or by e-mail as soon as possible but no later than 30 April 2014. 

D-Day 70, CECT, Lvl 6 Zone C,

MOD Main Building,



The form is here:



Latest News on D-Day70


The following information has just been made available from the British Ministry of Defence.

Note this largely applies to events in the British sector from Bayeux to Arromanches to Sword Beach.

They will have a D-Day 70 website going live soon: [as of today it is not yet live]

D-Day 70 – Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: I’m thinking of attending a specific event in Normandy between 5 – 8 June 2014. Do I need to apply for an accreditation pass?

A: Yes. There will be an ‘Anti-Congestion Cordon’ restricting vehicles and their passenger’s entry to the Normandy area. This is to ease congestion and to comply with security measures imposed over the main commemoration period. Also, due to the popularity of certain commemorations within the cordon, ticketing will be required in order to give veterans priority.

 Q: Where is the Anti-Congestion Cordon and when is it in operation?

A: The cordon partially covers the regions of Calvados, Manche and Orne in Normandy from midnight on 4 June until midnight on 8 June 2014 (approximation on the map below). If you intend to enter this area between these times you, and the vehicle you travel in, must display an accreditation pass.


Q: I am a Normandy Veteran. Can I bring my partner/ carer/ family members/ friends?

A: Anyone can apply for accreditation to enter the Anti-Congestion Cordon and to attend D-Day 70 events; however priority will be given to veterans. At events, veterans with one guest/ carer will be given priority, with further guests and the general public will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Q: I am a widow(er)/ offspring/ friend of a now deceased veteran. Can I attend?

 A: Yes. However, please do bear in mind that due to the popularity of this year’s D-Day 70 events, priority is being given to veterans. Events do have a maximum capacity and we are working hard to make sure as many people can attend as possible.

Q: I’ve never needed to obtain accreditation passes/ tickets before when travelling to Normandy or when attending events. Why do I have to this year?

A: Due to the popularity of D-Day 70, and the sensitivity around veteran and National level representation, we and the French authorities must account for all British citizens attending events in Normandy during the anniversary period (5 – 8 June 2014).  This will allow traffic congestion to be eased and security concerns to be addressed.

 Q: Will I need tickets for every event I wish to attend?

 A: An accreditation pass will be required to enter the Anti-Congestion Cordon. Certain events within the cordon will also require tickets, including:

  • the Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral;
  • the international ceremony organised by the French Government; and
  • the service held by the Normandy Veterans Association at Arromanches-les-Bains.

The event at the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery will be divided into areas for veterans (ticketed) and the general public. All are welcome to attend.

Q: When will I receive my accreditation pass/event tickets?

 A: We must receive your application no later than 30 April 2014. We will endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible, but if you have not received passes and tickets by 26 May 2014, then please contact the MOD Ceremonial and Commemorations Team.

 Q: I’m not going to be at my address to receive my accreditation pass/event tickets. Can I collect my passes in Normandy?

 A: No. Due to the number of veterans wishing to attend events in Normandy, we will be unable to provide a collection point outside the Anti-Congestion Cordon. However, in an emergency, please contact the MOD Ceremonial and Commemorations Team and we will endeavour to help you if we can.

Q: I’ve attended services at Bayeux Cathedral before with my family and friends and have not required tickets. Why do I have to this year?

A: The Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral on 6 June is a focal event for British veterans, and is being organised by the Royal British Legion. There is a high demand for attendance at this event and ticketing is being allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis giving priority to veterans. Senior UK and French representatives will be in attendance and the event is expected to generate a significant amount of media coverage. Therefore, unless you have applied for and have received tickets, you be unable to attend the service. However, screens will be provided at the CWGC Bayeux Cemetery showing the Cathedral Service live for all those unable to attend.

Q: I only want to attend a small event away from the main commemorations which lies within the Anti-Congestion Cordon. Do I need accreditation?

 A: Yes. All vehicles and their passengers entering the Anti-Congestion Cordon will need to be accredited with the vehicles displaying an accreditation pass. These will be checked by French Officials at certain points on routes around Normandy. We must receive your application no later than 30 April 2014 in order to process your application as quickly as possible. If you have not received passes and tickets by 26 May 2014, then please contact the MOD Ceremonial and Commemorations Team.

Q: If I have received my passes but am unable to attend can I give them to someone else?

 A: All passes issued will be specific to the individual and are therefore non-transferable.

 Q: Can I bring my own car?

A: All vehicles and their passengers entering the Anti-Congestion Cordon will need to be accredited and the vehicles must clearly display an accreditation pass. These will be checked by French Officials at certain points on routes around Normandy. To that end, you are encouraged to travel as part of a group or tour. The French Authorities will be providing a ‘Park-and-Ride’ service within the Anti-Congestion Cordon with details regarding this being made clear in the near future.

Q: Can I apply for funding assistance?

Veterans wishing to return to Normandy in June will be able to apply for financial support from the Big Lottery Fund, which last February extended its Heroes Return 2 scheme until December 2015. The scheme helps Second World War veterans and their spouses, widows and widowers, and accompanying helpers, to undertake commemorative visits. If you would like to apply, then please contact the Big Lottery Fund direct:

Tel:                  0845 0000 121