The incredible stories of D-Day will be told in 80 objects as part of Portsmouth’s countdown to hosting the national commemorations in June.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the famous WWII landings, Portsmouth’s D-Day Story Museum will showcase 80 unique objects from its own collection and those from major national museums in an online exhibition symbolising the stories behind the historic events that unfolded.

Working in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum, the Royal Airforce Museum and the Imperial War Museums, each day a new object will be released on social media during the 80-day lead up to the June 5 events in Portsmouth.

Starting on 18 March, the D-Day Story’s website and social media will publish a collection of images, film and details of objects that bring to life the events that took place before, during and after the Normandy Landings. Items including Betty White’s Coat, Shirley Whittle’s Flag (pictured) and Captain Ted North’s ventriloquist dummy, named Bertie. These precious memorabilia will help explain the many elements of what remains the largest amphibious warfare invasion in military history.

People can also come and visit the museum to see its vast D-Day collection, which includes the Overlord Embroidery, vehicles, uniform, medals, maps and recordings of veterans who were there.

Portsmouth City Council Leader Cllr Steve Pitt said:

“The D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy┬áby Allied forces marked the beginning of the end of WWII in Europe. 80 years later, it has never been so important to keep alive the stories and sacrifices of the many thousands of troops who took part.

“So we are delighted our D-Day Story Museum has partnered with major national museums to launch our D-Day in 80 Objects, so all ages can learn about the significance of D-Day ahead of the 80th anniversary events.”

A book of the 80 objects is also being published and will be available from June.