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The People's D-Day tells the stories of some of those thousands of men and women who contributed to or experienced the build up to D-Day first-hand. Not so much the vast battalions of servicemen who led the assault on occupied France, though we hear from some of them too, but from the people who helped make it happen.
Keeping the People's D-Day in one piece and on track is presenter Libby Purves who, accompanied by historian Dr Adrian Smith of Southampton University, anchors the programme from various key sites in and around Southampton - the docks, the site of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Hoglands Park and the village of Sway in the heart of the New Forest. Here, sixty years ago, were camped thousands of young British servicemen, waiting and hoping. Many were to lose their lives in the unprecedented attack on the heavily defended Normandy coastline. Many more were to be wounded, never fully to recover. Theirs is the story of June 6th 1944. The story of the People's D-Day is the warp and weft of those lives that watched and helped it happen.
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