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D-Day on the BBC
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D-Day on the BBC and BBCi

Anyone watching one of the BBC's D-Day programmes who wants to find out more need only go to or use the red button on their remote for a comprehensive guide to what's on.


They can watch real accounts from veterans on interactive TV, add their own or their family's stories to the People's War website and find out the facts behind the events of June 1944 on and BBCi.


The central site for all D-Day related material on provides online users with comprehensive information on D-Day and links to related BBC sites from WW2 People's War and History to Radio 4, News and On This Day.


WW2 People's War aims to capture and preserve for future generations the personal and family stories of the people who lived and fought during World War Two.


This community-based website aims to create the largest-ever archive of personal experiences of World War Two and the project is supported by the BBC's Outreach programme, whereby veterans can obtain technical help with adding their stories online.


Those needing assistance can call 08000 150950 to find out their nearest centre.


Visitors to the site can browse hundreds of stories, add their own or their family's memories and photos of World War Two, and join in related discussions and forums.


History offers a compelling, in-depth portrait of World War Two and the events of D-Day itself through feature articles, photo galleries, interactive movies and animated maps.


Visitors can listen to the Voices of D-Day – an audio gallery with interview extracts from some of the American, British, French and German soldiers featured in the D-Day – or launch the D-Day Count-up, a minute-by-minute description of the Longest Day, exactly as it unfolded 60 years ago.


They will also have the chance to take on the role of an SOE agent behind enemy lines in an animated quiz, Destination D-Day.


On This Day covers more than 50 key events from World War Two.


Media reportage and audio/video clips reveal how some of the most iconic and defining events of the war were recounted at the time, and links to individuals' stories on WW2 People's War offer a unique personal view of proceedings.


A timeline provides online users with a wider view of international wartime events.


Radio 4 has comprehensive information on the network's D-Day related programming and the Listen Again facility enables listeners to catch up on items they may have missed or to listen again to favourites.


News also ties in with the D-Day celebrations.


Interactive - Red button


From Sunday 30 May until Sunday 6 June, digital viewers can use their red button to find out more about the D-Day season; watch personal testimonies from veterans; and view an On This Day mini-movie.


The Veterans Remember section and On This Day will change daily to provide viewers with both the facts and the personal stories behind D-Day and on Sunday 6 June, On This Day gives an hourly update of the key events that took place 60 years ago.


Interactive – mobile phone


There is also an exciting interactive mission that viewers can take part in.


Using SMS mobile phone technology, players will take on the role of a secret agent in the SOE (Special Operations Executive).


These agents were charged with the jobs of surveillance, sabotage and trying to deceive the Nazi regime into thinking that the imminent invasion would come through the Pas de Calais, rather than Normandy.


Tasks and assignments, based on real-life D-Day missions, are allocated to players via text message.


Agents' performance in the field will be assessed and those who successfully complete the mission will be entered into a prize draw to meet an SOE veteran and take part in a day's tank driving.


This is a non-profit making experience available on all mobile networks and handsets.


All texts and calls will be charged at standard rates and the whole mission will cost no more than £2.50.


Real life stories from the People's War at


The following are extracts from some of the 17,000 contributions that have already been submitted to the People's War.


The archive of wartime memories will be a lasting resource and unique legacy for future generations.


Stan Veasey from Leicester explains how he nearly missed out on being part of D-Day altogether when he fell asleep in Gosport harbour:
"When I eventually awoke, the hard was deserted, except for a few ever-present Military Police. After a moment of panic, I realised that obviously everyone had embarked. Eventually I saw a couple of our fellows looking over the rail high up on deck. By choosing my moments I was able to sneak aboard. I would imagine I am unique in the annals of the British Army in being the only soldier who had to ask 'Please can I join your invasion?'"


Laurie Burn from Harrogate tells how he and his brother, Pete, nearly drowned in their amphibious craft:
"We were swamped by the incoming high tide, which flooded the engine compartment. There was nothing left to do but evacuate, but first, we fired our guns as long as we could – and Pete gathered together all his various tins of cigarettes!... It never crossed my mind that we could lose the war, we were too young to think otherwise."


Reg A Clarke from Luton tells of the carnage he witnessed on Juno beach:
"At the uppermost part of the beach I saw firing coming from a bombed house, just beyond the formidable sea wall of concrete. A nasty wire fence just in front of the concrete wall was decorated with sprawled bodies of about 20 Canadians; one was headless... but the most ironic was one young infantryman being supported by the fence in a kneeling and praying position."


James Kyle from New Milton, Hants, was a pilot with 197 Typhoon Squadron on D-Day:
"Immediately the wheels of my aircraft left the ground I was confronted by an almost unbelievable panorama of ships of all shapes and sizes, grouped together as far as the eye could see... The Isle of Wight was surrounded and appeared as if it was being towed out to sea."


Arthur Berry from Stockport tells his story of landing at Bernieres sur Mer:
"The landing craft which I was on ran aground on a sand bank and after much cursing and swearing broke free with the tide coming in... we had been issued with 'waders' made of the same flimsy material as the army gas capes and as soon as one stepped off the landing craft, they ripped apart and filled up with water."

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