1944 - D-Day: The liberation of Europe (00:08:16)
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1944 - D-Day: The liberation of Europe

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France, Normandy, 06-06-1944


The Battle of Normandy was fought in 1944 between the German forces occupying Western Europe and the invading American, British and Canadian forces. Sixty years later, the Normandy invasion, codenamed Operation Overlord, remains the largest sea borne invasion in history, involving almost three million troops crossing the English Channel from England to Normandy in occupied France. The Normandy invasion began with overnight paratrooper and glider landings, massive air and naval bombardments, and an early-morning amphibious assault. The battle for Normandy continued for more than two months, with campaigns to establish, expand, and eventually break out of the Allied beachheads. It concluded with the liberation of Paris and the fall of the Chambois pocket. "D-Day" refers to the starting date of the invasion, and has colloquially become synonymous with the invasion.

Sound Bite and conversation:

Rommel, Manfred

(Erwin Rommel’s son) , speaking German:
-  "There was a staff meeting, 7.30 am. My father’s chief of staff, marshal Dr. Speidel called us and said that according to latest information, airborne troops had landed. But if this was the invasion – I didn’t know."

Rommel, Manfred

(Erwin Rommel’s son) , speaking German:
-  "My father ordered retreat already in El Alamein despite Hitler’s orders to win or die. My father was assigned to Normandy and France to protect the coastlines because he had experience with the English. "

Rommel, Erwin

(marshal in the second world war) , speaking German:
-  "The good morale of our troops was encouraged by the new tools and weapons. We could calmly look forward to the forthcoming events. We absolutely didn’t have to think that things would come to a good or a bad end. I was sure that everything would be all right and I didn’t think that the English would come back any more."

Sales, Bob

(american soldier in 1944) , speaking English:
-  "We had to show the world that we could get Europe back. It had to succeed even if it demanded casualties. "

Rommel, Manfred

(Erwin Rommel’s son) , speaking German:
-  "The allies gave a false impression that they were collecting further armies in Great Britain which would attack later."

Sales, Bob

(american soldier in 1944) , speaking English:
-  "The ramps opened. Machine guns were noisy. The captain went first – he was shot. The corporal was next – him as well. The sanitarian fell into the water – he got hit. I was the next one. In that very moment a wave raised the boat, I fell out – this saved my life."

Slaughter, Bob

(american soldier in 1944) , speaking English:
-  "300 meters of open firing-line. I have no idea how people could have fought there."

Sales, Bob

(american soldier in 1944) , speaking English:
-  "They were shooting at us from the cover of the bunkers. We had no chance to hit them with grenades. We had to get behind the bunkers."

Rommel, Manfred

(Erwin Rommel’s son) , speaking German:
-  "My father realized it pretty soon that they would lose. They only had to decide if they would keep on fighting in France – my father always said: he would fight until the Russians conquered Berlin or fight a free way for the allies till Germany."




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