The Story of D-Day 6th June 1944, D-Day and codenamed 'Operation Overlord', was the culmination of nearly two years of planning. It was the largest invasion force ever assembled. Over 6,800 ships, landing craft and other vessels were used to get more than 130,000 men ashore onto the Normandy beaches. Meanwhile, overhead, nearly 25,000 men were dropped by glider and parachute, while bombers and fighters pounded the German defences. Incredibly, Allied losses on the day were remarkably light, certainly much lighter than had been planned for.
This programme uses remarkable archive film to tell the story of one of history's most momentous events. It tells the story of how the Allies conceived, developed and finally executed their audacious plan. It looks at the lessons learned in operations such as the disastrous Dieppe Raid, and the successful landings in North Africa and Sicily.
The programme also examines the technologies used, including the special tanks that could swim ashore or use flails to create paths through minefields. It additionally looks at the air campaign and how the Allies were able to enjoy total air superiority, without which D-Day might not have happened.
Finally, the programme covers what happened once the Allies were ashore and how they would take over two months to break out from their slender foothold on continental Europe.
The chapters covered by this film are:
2. Build up to Overlord
3. The Deception Plan
4. Specialised armour
5. D-Day launched
6. The battle for Caen
7. The American breakout
8. The Falaise pocket
Film duration approx 54 mins
Price £12- including p+p worldwide