Remember Together 1944: Service, sacrifice and collaboration

13 September - 1 December


"One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather." Winston Churchill


In 2019 The Royal British Legion and the National Memorial Arboretum are asking the Nation to Remember Together.

Allies from the Commonwealth had fought shoulder to shoulder with Britain since the start of the Second World War, but in 1944 the collaboration of many nations and peoples would result in victory in three critical battles; Monte Cassino, D-Day and Kohima and Imphal.  The multi-national, multi-cultural Allied armies inflicted decisive defeats on both Germany and Japan.

At Monte Cassino the Allied army would include people from six continents; at D-Day thirteen nations would collaborate to land 156,000 men in Normandy; at Kohima and Imphal one of the most ethically diverse armies in history would come together to win one of the most remarkable victories of the war.

The collaboration of Britain with our Commonwealth friends and Allied nations in 1944 continues to shape society today. Many communities, whose ancestors served side by side in our darkest hour, now live side by side in multicultural Britain. To honour the sacrifice made by communities who fought alongside each other in 1944, we are asking everyone to Remember Together.

In this fascinating exhibition you'll be able to discover more about these infamous battles and just some of the individuals from across the Commonwealth who served.