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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.

 

 

 

American History TV marked the anniversary with several programs, including:

*10:30am ET – D-Day Commemorative Ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall from June 6, 2014

*11:30am ET – Talk by author and historian Craig Symonds on his new book “Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings,” which explores the naval arm of D-Day operations. Craig Symonds is a U.S. Naval Academy history professor emeritus.

*12:30pm ET – LIVE Call-in segment with Craig Symonds. We’ll also took viewer tweets and Facebook posts.

*1:30pm ET – A look back at speeches by U.S. presidents commemorating D-Day in Normandy, France, including President Ronald Reagan at the 40th anniversary in 1984, President Bill Clinton at the 50th anniversary in 1994, and President George W. Bush at the 60th anniversary in 2004. We also showed remarks by President Barack Obama at this year’s 70th anniversary ceremony. In addition, we showed portions of past C-SPAN tours of the American Cemetery in Normandy, France, and of Winston Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms in London.    

Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 12:44pm (ET)

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