A new documentary which reveals
the part Northern Irish servicemen played on D-Day - a story that has
remained untold for over 60 years
The attack by 156,000 Allied troops on the beaches of
Normandy on 6 June 1944 was the beginning of the end of World War Two
- more than two million servicemen and women took part in the planning
and execution of the campaign.
Sixty years on, the BBC is marking the anniversary with
a broad range of programmes, events and online activities across the
We Fought On D-Day is a documentary that recounts the
untold stories of the local men from Northern Ireland who fought for
the beaches, towns and villages of Normandy on 6 June 1944 - D-Day.
Using much rare and unseen archive footage and eyewitness
interviews, We Fought On D-Day - BBC ONE Northern Ireland,
Wednesday 2 June, 10.35pm - tells a story that has remained
untold for more than 60 years, until now.
The Royal Ulster Rifles was the only regiment in the
Allied Forces to have two battalions serve on D-Day, one airborne and
the other by sea.
The documentary tracks down veterans from the Royal
Ulster Rifles who fought in the D-Day Landings.
Men like Martin Vance, who as a fresh faced teenager
flew into battle in a glider, and Stanley Burrows, who fought and was
badly wounded in the battle for Cambes Wood.
The stories they tell are of trial and tragedy, camaraderie
and loss, bravery and victory.
The documentary reveals the vital role that Northern
Irish servicemen played on D-Day, from their landings on Sword beach,
to the heavy German resistance they experienced as they advanced towards
the capital city of Normandy, Caen.
Caen was the first mainland European city to be liberated
by a British battalion - The Royal Ulster Rifles.
We Fought On D-Day is a DoubleBand Films production
for BBC Northern Ireland, directed by Brian Henry Martin and produced
by Diarmuid Lavery.
Deirdre Devlin is the executive producer for BBC Northern