D-Day 6th June 1944

There will be an event at SANDOWN ZOO on the Isle of Wight this weekend 6th/7th June. Wartime planners knew that following D-Day – June 6, 1944 – Allied forces would need vast quantities of petroleum to continue the advance into Europe. Allied leaders also knew that petroleum tankers trying to reach French ports would be vulnerable to Luftwaffe attacks.

To prevent fuel shortages from stalling the Normandy invasion, a top-secret “Operation PLUTO” – Pipe Line Under The Ocean – became the Allied strategy. It would fuel victory and help change the petroleum industry.

Visit the PLUTO Room at Sandown Zoo, and the D-Day Exhibition at beautiful Shanklin Chine to see just how important the Isle of Wight was to the Allied Invasion.

Read about the secret rehearsals for D-Day –
The Kid on Slapton Beach

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