The planning took months, coordinating armed forces of several countries – primarily the United States, Great Britain, and Canada -- and underground forces of others, especially the occupied country of France. The timing had to be as precise as possible, taking into consideration communication, weather, the phases of the moon, and the tides. And though we recall the date of June 6, 1944, as key to the success of the Allied Forces in World War II, it was truly only the beginning of a struggle that took months. But in the end, the Allies had liberated the country of France from German occupation.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy, along the northern shores of France. United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia took part in storming the beaches, facing enemy fire and establishing a foothold in the battle against German forces. Thousands of men lost their lives that day. We honor their memory and the sacrifice of others in marking the occasion.
I’ve only covered a few of the basic facts of this remarkable achievement. The entire operation is one of the most intriguing stories of World War II, involving not just the planning of the invasion. There were numerous operations to deceive the German command as to the time and place of the landing. The battle itself is a harrowing story, told in feature films, television mini-series, and documentaries. If you’d like to know more about D-Day and the people involved, browse the list below for one of the DVDs in the library collection. And give a thought to those who served during WWII.
BBC History of World War II. D-Day, Reflections of Courage
BBC History of World War II. D-Day to Berlin
The Best of Modern Marvels. Volume 7
The Century of Warfare. Volume 4
D-Day : Down to Earth : The Return of the 507th
D-Day : The Total Story
Victory at Sea. Volume 3
WWII in HD. The Air War
WWII in Color : The British Story