D-Day - as it happens

Experience D-Day in real time

by following seven people who were there

 

happening now in 1944...

general news 23:59
Jun 6

Ending the Longest Day

'We wouldn't be looking at this film or hearing these century old records; we would not be studying these documents if the vast army of young men who crossed the Channel on the morning of June 6 in 1944 had not finally won their battle. You would not be allowed to see history as it really happened and I would not be allowed to teach it. And all of this, young Ladies and Gentlemen of the history class, is why we'll never permit you to forget this historical number: June 6 1944.'

news 23:59
Jun 6

Juno: The Canadians have advanced the furthest of all the forces and are seven miles inland

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general news 23:59
Jun 6

Sword: The British have advanced more than six miles inland and suffered fewer than 1,000 casualties

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news 23:58
Jun 6

Utah: The landings on Utah have been the smoothest of all the beaches. Over 23,000 American troops are ashore, with fewer than 200 casualties

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news 23:56
Jun 6

Gold: Over 25,000 men have landed on Gold, with less than 1,000 casualties

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news 23:55
Jun 6

American Airborne: The US Airborne assault has been costly, with over 2,000 casualties, including over 300 killed.

general news 23:55
Jun 6

British Airborne: The landings have been succesful and all objectives have been achieved

news 23:00
Jun 6

Sword: The advance on Caen is stalled and troops dig in for the night

general news 22:10
Jun 6
Battlefield Historian

Aerial photograph of Caen Canal bridge, later renamed Pegasus Bridge in honour of the British airborne troops who captured it.

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general news 22:00
Jun 6
Battlefield Historian

American troops of 82nd Airborne Division hold up a Nazi flag as a trophy.

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general news 22:00
Jun 6

Omaha: Large buildup on the beach as dusk falls

NARA
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general news 22:00
Jun 6
Battlefield Historian

Aerial photograph of the two bridges over Caen Canal and the River Orne River seized by British airborne troops just after midnight on D-Day.

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general news 21:40
Jun 6

Not all airborne troops survive touchdown

NARA

Dead American glider troops next to their wrecked Horsa glider behind Utah Beach.

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general news 21:35
Jun 6
IWM

Troops of the 6th Airborne Division dig foxholes for the night.

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general news 21:20
Jun 6
IWM

Troops pose beside their Horsa Glider in Drop Zone N.

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general news 21:12
Jun 6

Hamilcar gliders are landing in Drop Zone N

IWM

Hamilcar gliders carrying Tetrarch tanks of the 6th Airborne Division's armoured reconnaissance regiment, coming in to land.

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general news 21:10
Jun 6
NARA

US-man Horsa glider after crash-landing on D-Day behind Utah Beach at Hiesville.

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general news 21:05
Jun 6

Horsa Gliders of the 6th Airborne Division have landed in Drop Zone N

IWM
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general news 21:05
Jun 6
NARA

US gliders that crash-landed near St. Mere Eglise.

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general news 21:00
Jun 6

US gliders landing in France

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general news 21:00
Jun 6

US gliders fly over the beaches

IWM
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general news 21:00
Jun 6
IWM

British troops inland from Sword Beach watch a parachute supply drop to the 6th Airborne Division.

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news 21:00
Jun 6

Sword: British airborne reinforcements force 21. Panzer Division to halt its counter-attack and withdraw

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general news 20:55
Jun 6
IWM

Short Stirling tugs towing Horsa gliders towards Normandy.

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general news 20:55
Jun 6
NARA

Gliders ferrying supplies to US airborne troops fly over Utah Beach.

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D-Day: As It Happens was broadcast on 5th and 6th June 2013. You can still see updates from each of the D-Day 7 and track their stories as they unfolded on this site.

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