All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration

Gen. Eisenhower addresses troops prior to the D-Day invasion

Gen. Eisenhower addresses troops prior to the D-Day invasion

Washington, DC
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Historian Craig Symonds joins the granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the great-grandson of Franklin Roosevelt & representatives from the Allied Nations that took part in the Normandy campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 12:38pm (ET)

Related Events

D-Day 70th Anniversary
Saturday, June 7, 2014     

June 6th marked the 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. On that day in 1944, 160,000 Allied troops attacked along a 50-mile stretch of French coastline defended by German forces. Despite suffering more than 9,000 casualties, by day’s end the Allies had gained a foothold in Normandy.

World War II & the D-Day Invasion
Saturday, June 7, 2014     

Historian Craig Symonds describes the logistics and strategies behind Operation Neptune, the plan responsible for the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops attacked along a 50-mile stretch of Normandy beaches defended by German forces.

Reel America: "D-Day to Germany" - 1944
Sunday, June 8, 2014     

Jack Lieb, a cameraman for Hearst Corporation’s “News of the Day” newsreel was assigned to cover the invasion of France in 1944. “D-Day to Germany” is a traveling film and lecture program compiled by Mr. Lieb from his own color film he shot in England, France, and Germany while on the job. The National Archives has restored the film together with an audio recording from 1976 of Jack Lieb’s final lecture about the film before he became ill and passed away. The film and audio were donated to the National Archives in 1984 by Warren Lieb, Jack’s son.

Watergate 40 Years Later: Nixon House Impeachment Hearings - July 1974 Article II Debate
Sunday     

Forty years ago, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings to consider articles of impeachment against President Nixon. We see the committee's evening session debate over Article II, which charged the president with abuse of power. First, Timothy Naftali, former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, explains why Article II was at the heart of the impeachment proceedings, and how the committee's vote continues to shape our understanding of presidential power.

Life & Career of Senator Alben Barkley
Sunday     

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks about the life of fellow Kentuckian Senator Alben Barkley, who was majority leader of the U.S. Senate between 1937 and 1947; and was Minority Leader from 1947 to 1949. A Democrat, Alben Barkley was the 35th Vice President of the United States, elected with Harry Truman in 1949. This program is part of a series of talks by Mitch McConnell about former U.S. Senators from Kentucky.    

Reel America: "Your National Archives" - 1953
Sunday     

An 18 minute documentary explaining the activities of the National Archives, including how the "Charters of Freedom" are stored & displayed, how documents are cleaned, how records are organized, and what kinds of records are stored there.  The film was produced for the Archives by the U.S. Air Force.

Reel America: "The Washington Parade: The Archives" - 1940
Sunday     

Columbia Pictures short subject documentary detailing the activities of the National Archives only a few years after the building on Pennsylvania Avenue was completed and opened.

War Crimes Trial of Henry Wirz
Saturday     

Swiss-born Confederate Captain Henry Wirz was in charge of the Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp, where some 13,000 of approximately 45,000 Union prisoners died while being held there. Author and law professor Paul Finkelman discusses the military trial and execution of Henry Wirz and the concept of war crimes that were established as a result of the trial. This talk is a portion of the 2014 Civil War Symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

Lectures in History: Experiences of World War I Soldiers
Saturday     

Gettysburg College history professor Ian Isherwood looks at how World War I soldiers interpreted their war experiences. Professor Isherwood uses works by three writers, including Ernest Hemingway, to illustrate the different ways soldiers coped with the transition to civilian life after they endured physical and mental trauma during the war.

The Civil War: Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood
Saturday     

Stephen Hood discusses his book on the military career, personal life and legacy of Confederate General John Bell Hood. The author -- a distant relative of the general -- analyzes John Bell Hood’s actions at Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Antietam by delving into letters and medical records recently released by Hood’s descendents. He says that many of the Hood’s controversial acts are clarified or redeemed through an examination of the documents. 

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN Gifts (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org