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D Day: BBC news reports that D-Day has come

Context

On 6 June 1944 the Allies landed troops on four beaches in northern France.

D-Day had come and the liberation of Europe was underway.

The exact date and timing of the landings was a closely-guarded secret. When the BBC announced news of the landings it was following the official confirmation of 'Communique Number One' from General Eisenhower.

Transcript

This is the BBC Home Service - and here is a special bulletin read by John Snagge. D-Day has come. Early this morning the Allies began the assault on the north-western face of Hitler's European fortress. The first official news came just after half-past nine, when Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force issued Communique Number One. This said: 'Under the command of General Eisenhower, Allied naval forces, supported by strong air forces, began landing Allied armies this morning on the northern coast of France'.

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