Located on the southern coast of England, the region of Hampshire played a key role in the defence of Britain and the liberation of Europe during WWII. It was an important centre for aircraft production as it housed several military and naval bases. Nowadays, Hampshire offers a wealth of historic sites bearing witness to its deep heritage. Discover, especially in the port cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, several unique points of interest and war museums. Witness the former site of the Allied headquarters at Southwick House, where the commanders met to take the decision to launch the iconic D-Day invasion. Visit the Portsmouth museum The D-Day Story to discover the full story of the Normandy landings, from the planning and build-up to the day itself. Learn about the history of aviation at Southampton’s Solent Sky Aviation Museum and head to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum to further your knowledge of submarine development.