On 6th June 1944 the world held its breath as the Allies invaded Europe. Would Hitler's empire crumble? Would the plan succeed? Was final victory possible?
D-Day is the story of the genius, love, tragedy and courage of the ordinary people behind the most extraordinary military operation in history.
It tells the epic story of the events leading up to June 6th 1944, from all sides of the conflict. From the story of the defence of the Western Front by the forces of the German Empire to the complex and deadly secret war fought by the men and women of France and mainland Europe.
The planning for the Allied operation cost thousands of lives. It involved a deception of breathtaking audacity, relying on the absolute discretion of many and the genius and nerve of a few.
Filming in England and France, D-Day brings to life the dramatic and astounding tales of courage and sacrifice, revealing the intricate jigsaw from all sides – seeing events through the eyes of the men and women who were there.
D-Day is an ambitious feature combining documentary techniques with dramatic narrative, compelling archive photography, film and sound footage. Official government documents, only recently released for public scrutiny, provide background, explanation and understanding of a defining moment in world history.
The DVD special features include a 'Making Of' documentary, original eye witness testimonies, fact files and the original score.
VHS and DVD Release: 07.06.04
Price: VHS - £12.99, DVD - 15.99
Cat. numbers: VHS – BBCV7556, DVD – BBCDVD1431