'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.'
Troops of the 6th Airborne Division dig foxholes for the night.
Troops pose beside their Horsa Glider in Drop Zone N.
Hamilcar gliders carrying Tetrarch tanks of the 6th Airborne Division's armoured reconnaissance regiment, coming in to land.
British troops inland from Sword Beach watch a parachute supply drop to the 6th Airborne Division.
Short Stirling tugs towing Horsa gliders towards Normandy.