D-Day - 24 Hours in Normandy
At 07.37 on 6th June 1944, the ramps of the landing craft carrying the men of A and D companies 6th battalion Green Howards went down, and the men stormed up the beaches.
It was D-Day.
Now Dr James Rogers is going to put D-Day under the microscope, following in the footsteps of the men of the Green Howards. With diaries, veteran interviews, maps and original photographs, he will track every move of the regiment on D-Day.
From the beaches to bunkers and bocage, James is going to carefully piece together their D-Day story. He will also be joined by battlefield historian Eric Turnbull who will help guide James on his journey.
Starting on Gold beach, just to the West of Ver-sur-Mer James will see the Widerstandsnest, the bunker complex, that A company had to take in order to safely move off the beach. Moving inland, James will investigate the mysterious ‘White House’ and learn about the story of the only VC awarded on D-Day - to Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis.
As the Green Howards moved in land, so will James - looking for the Mont Fleury battery complex, and then heading through the French villages of Crepon, Creully and Coulombs. Before finding out exactly where the Green Howards got to at the end of their longest day.