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It was raining in the morning so we decided to head to Southsea and the D Day Museum. The museum tells the story of the D Day landings during World War II from the planning to the execution and the important role Portsmouth and the surrounding area played. There were some fascinating stories such as troops and equipment being concealed secretly in the forests, the misinformation and rouses to confuse the Germans and sadly the sacrifices made by soldiers on D Day.

In the museum there was also the amazing Overlord Embroidery which had been commissioned to depict the story of the Normandy Landings. The embroidery was commissioned by Lord Dulverton in 1968 and made by the Royal School of Needlework from designs by artist Sandra Lawrence. There are 34 panels which together measure 83 metres (272 feet) in length. The embroidery is the longest work of its kind in the world and is 10 meters (33 feet) longer than the Bayeux tapestry. Twenty embroiderers worked for five years to create the embroidery. Amazing and well worth seeing. (No photos as was not allowed)

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