Symposium in honour of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay

The Forgotten Architect of Dunkirk and D-Day

Symposium in honour of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay

The Forgotten Architect of Dunkirk and D-Day


The Churchill Archives Centre is proud to hold the personal papers of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay (1883-1945), the naval leader responsible for organising the Dunkirk evacuation (Operation Dynamo) and the naval aspect of the D-Day landings (Operation Neptune). Ramsay’s tragic death in an aeroplane accident in 1945 prevented him from contributing to the analysis and history of these great events. Now, as we approach the seventieth anniversary of the Normandy landings, and with the imminent publication of a biography of Ramsay by Dr Andrew Gordon, it seemed appropriate to revisit his contribution with his papers as a backdrop.

The symposium featured two panels, one on Dunkirk and one on D-Day, with a key note presentation by Dr Andrew Gordon. Panellists included: Correlli Barnett; Robin Brodhurst; Michael Clapp; Professor Richard Harding; Rear Admiral Richard Hill; Fanny Hugill, who served as one of the 'Ramsay Wrens' during the Second World War, and was on duty when Operation Neptune was launched; Professor Paul Kennedy; Professor Andrew Lambert; Major General Charles Ramsay; David Ramsay; and Major General Julian Thompson.



Operation Dynamo and Dunkirk


Mr Robin Brodhurst (Chair)

The views expressed are the views of the speakers and contributors alone, and are not endorsed or otherwise by Churchill College in any way whatsoever.

Operation Neptune and D-Day


Professor Andrew Lambert (Chair)

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Seventy years after Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, the Churchill Archives Centre has released a short film commemorating Admiral Bertram Ramsay, the ‘forgotten architect’ of D-Day.

The film and full article is available on the Cambridge University Research website:

D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’

Photograph: Southwick Map Room, D-day Museum. Photograph © Chris Lowrey. Image above right: Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Ramsay Papers, Reference: RMSY 10/01/11.