D-Day 75

D-Day 75

15 Episodes

6th June, 1944, the Allies embark on the liberation of Europe. Explore the events of Operation Overlord with our specially selected documentaries.

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D-Day 75
  • D-Day: As It Happened

    Episode 1

    An immersive documentary of how the Allied landings on D-Day unfolded from midnight to late afternoon on 6 June 1944. Using extensive archive footage, veteran interviews and expert interviews this will get viewers closer to what happened during the Normandy landings, as it happened.

  • D-Day with James Holland

    Episode 2

    James Holland, author of Normandy ‘44: D-Day and the Battle for France, answers the key questions surrounding D-Day.

  • 9 Remarkable D-Day Photos Colourised by Marina Amaral

    Episode 3

    Marina Amaral is a Brazilian artist. Her remarkable colourisations of original photographs have been compiled in the recent book The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960, authored with Dan Jones. In this video, some of the most famous photographs of the Allied landings during Ope...

  • D-Day Deception: Operation Bodyguard

    Episode 4

    British deception before D-Day was such that it tricked the Germans into concentrating their forces around the Pas-de-Calais, rather than near the beaches of Normandy. Blow up tanks, scarecrow paratroopers and dropping tin foil all contributed to creating a huge diversion and helped secure the be...

  • Behind the Photograph: Taxis to Hell and Back

    Episode 5

    At c.7.40am 6 June 1944 Robert F Sargent took one of the most famous photographs from D-Day - and the whole of the Second World War - on a landing craft at Omaha Beach. This is the story behind the photograph.

  • D-Day Veteran Interviews: Frederick Bates

    Episode 6

    History Hit subscriber Nathan Portlock Allan interviews Fred Bates who was a Private landing on Gold Beach on D-Day. In this poignant interview, Bates recalls what it was like for the young men who stormed the beaches and remembers those who were left behind.

  • D-Day Veteran Interviews: Bill Fitzgerald

    Episode 7

    Recently Dan met D-Day Veteran and Chelsea Pensioner Bill Fitzgerald at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. After enlisting with the British Army as an eighteen year old in 1944 Bill reveals the extraordinary preparations he and his fellow recruits went through for D-Day with the famous 7th Armoured Divi...

  • D-Day Veteran Interviews: George Skipper

    Episode 8

    Recently Dan met D-Day Veteran and Chelsea Pensioner George Skipper at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. After being called in to the British Army in 1940 as an eighteen year old, by June 1944 he was already a veteran of the North African campaign. During the D-Day landings, George and his regiment lan...

  • D-Day Veteran Interviews: WarGen

    Episode 9

    A series of four D-Day veteran interviews from WarGen - an online repository of oral history from the people who lived through World War Two. Short versions of these interviews with Arthur Davis, Ken Stone, Harry Appleton and Jack Bracewell also feature in our documentary D-Day: As It Happened.

  • D-Day Minus One

    Episode 10

    Before the masses arrived by sea on D-Day, the brave few came from the air. This archive documentary follows the operations of the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, who landed behind enemy lines to prepare the way for the D-Day landings.

  • Consolidating in Normandy

    Episode 11

    Once the beach heads were secure on 6 June 1944, the Allies faced a huge battle for the domination of northern France. Despite landing over 1 million men and having vast air superiority over the German defenders, the Battle for Normandy continued for two more months. In August, several German arm...

  • Tank Mission World War Two

    Episode 12

    A US War Department film details the vital role of tanks in defeating the Axis during World War Two, particularly in Europe. Not only were tanks deployed for punching through enemy lines, but also mine and obstruction clearance and supporting engineer units. Sourced via AP Archive.

  • The Spirit of France

    Episode 13

    Having been defeated by Nazi Germany in the Battle for France of April and May 1940, French resistance fighters carried on the underground struggle, causing difficulty for the German occupiers, and supplying the Allies in Britain with much needed intelligence in the build up to D-Day. An archive ...

  • 5 Great Speeches By Allied Leaders on D-Day

    Episode 14

    Many Allied political leaders and generals delivered remarkable speeches on D-Day, here are 5 of the greatest.

  • Liberating Armies Invade Normandy

    Episode 15

    This short film includes contains remarkable footage from several beaches on D-Day - but particularly Sword. You can clearly see just how tiny some of the Allied beach heads were in the immediate aftermath of the invasion - a huge amount of men, tanks, guns and supplies were being shipped into ve...