History channel remembers D-Day 75th Anniversary

This week marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6th 1944.

The History channel has a number of WWII specials, including a French special The Battle of Normandy: 85 Days In Hell commissioned for the occasion.

This documentary examines never-before-seen footage from the Battle of Normandy. Combining this footage with modern CGI maps, and expert opinion, it presents a fresh evaluation of this bold and history-making wartime operation. The film also features interviews with Canadian, American and British experts, including famed British war historian Antony Beevor.

It airs 7:30pm Thursday on History.

These are also screening this week:

World War II: Battles for Europe S1
Wednesdays from June 5 at 7.30pm on History
This compelling eight-part series takes you to the heart of iconic moments in the history of warfare: the D-Day landings, the ill-fated airborne operation at Arnhem, the German counterattack at the Battle of the Bulge and the dash for one of the last bridges standing across the Rhine at Remagen. WWII — Battles for Europe tells the grand narrative through eye-witness veteran testimony from men who served under fire on the front line — some many times over. Each episode conveys the reality of the fast-moving, life or death nature of the key battles in the defeat of Nazi Germany in the West. Meticulously researched and authoritative, the series portrays the reality of warfare, how everything from weather and terrain to supply and communications, combat stress, unit morale and unexpected enemy action can turn the tide of battle.

That’s All Brother: The Plane That Led the D-Day Invasion
Three Part Series
Wednesdays from June 5 at 8.30pm on History
On the night of June 5th, 1944, a C-47 paratrooper aircraft, nicknamed “That’s All, Brother” took off from England, heading in the early hours of June 6th, to drop Allied fighting men into Normandy, to clear a passage for the tens of thousands of troops lying off the coast. Despite surviving dozens more missions, post war she disappeared. The C-47 that led the invasion armada was either destroyed in Europe, shipped home and broken for parts, or worse still, scrapped and smelted like thousands of other surplus aircraft. A chance discovery in 2015 led a scramble to save the aircraft, after standing for decades forgotten in a scrapyard. This documentary, 3 years in production, traces the incredible story of an American icon, its reconstruction & hazardous Trans-Atlantic mission to honour America’s fallen in Europe. From the RTS Award nominated makers of hit series ‘Plane Resurrection’, “That’s All, Brother” is the epic story of the people and places this aircraft has touched both during its wartime service, and its incredible technical and emotional journey back to the skies.

Navy Heroes of Normandy
Thursday June 6 at 8.30pm on History
On June 6, 1944, more than 52,000 American sailors on board thousands of ships arrived off a quiet stretch of coast in Normandy, France. Operation Neptune-Overlord was the largest amphibious and landing assault operation in the history of war. On this historic day, the U. S. Navy would prove critical to the success of the Allied invasion of Western Europe. “Navy Heroes Of Normandy” spotlights a dedicated group of Navy veterans who set out to ensure that the crucial role they played on that day would never be forgotten.

Eyewitness D:Day
8.30pm Thursday on National Geographic
Appropriately airing on the anniversary of D-Day, this fascinating one-hour special puts the spotlight on five key people, and turning points, that were integral to the D-Day landings. Then stay tuned for The King Who Fooled Hitler immediately after, which looks at the efforts made by King George VI to distract the German forces from what was happening in Normandy.

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