On 6th June 1944, D-Day marked the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy, the greatest amphibious operation in history. Codenamed Overlord, this vast cross-Channel attack enabled the United Kingdom, the United States and their allies to land substantial forces on mainland Europe during the Second World War. The result of this Operation was ultimately the liberation of France and the Allied victory on the Western Front.
The 6th June 2024 is the 80th anniversary of D-Day. To mark this occasion, a team of Veterans will land on Juno Beach, return sand taken from the beach in 1944; and follow the Liberation Route on a 10 day, 333km hike. The route will take in key battlegrounds and locations, as well as important monuments and memorials of the campaign. 333 is significant as it was the exact number of days between the first landings at D-Day on 6th June 1944 and the German surrender on 8th May 1945.
As a proud supporter and Ambassador, Challenge The Wild will support Walking With The Wounded as their expedition charity partner for the expedition.
Walking With The Wounded was founded on the back of an extraordinary expedition to the North Pole. It showcased the determination of our ex military to overcome their injuries – mental and physical - and raised awareness of the need.
This charity has gone on to create vital, innovative employment and mental health programmes for veterans and their families, so that those who are struggling can get back on their feet and make a positive contribution once more.
Why? Because those who served, deserve.