On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, revisit the Allied forces’ June 6, 1944 Normandy landings and the 100 days leading up to the liberation of Paris from the Nazis.
After two years on the drawing board, D-Day was the most meticulously planned operation in military history - a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On June 6, 1944, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 allied soldiers to storm five heavily defended French beaches in an all-or-nothing assault on Nazi-occupied Europe. Once on the shore, the troops had to negotiate two million mines buried in the sand, 46,000 fearsome beach obstacles, and hundreds of miles of barbed wire while dodging the shells and bullets fired by 40,000 German defenders.
Following on from their glorious and lyrical collaborative work on Gone To Earth, David Sylvian and Robert Fripp produced the unexpectedly fiery and funky The First Day in 1993. Hypnotically groovy and intensely vicious, while showcasing Fripp's Soundscapes identity, the album marked a departure for Sylvian and can be more easily understood as a missing King Crimson link between Three Of A Perfect Pair and Thrak than a typical post-Japan Sylvian venture.
This 2-part special event features the most critical military operation of World War II. For the 70th anniversary (June 2014), D-DAY: Lost Films presents this iconic battle using newly discovered colour footage, much of which has never been seen. For the first time, viewers can see the largest amphibious assault in history entirely in newly transferred colour HD - 5,000 Allied ships landing over 160,000 soldiers across a 50 mile stretch of Normandy beaches. Despite the name, "D-Day" was not a single day. In the week following June 6, the outcome hung in the balance, with shifting progress and set-backs for both sides. It is estimated that 10,000 men died in combat, the majority during the days after the landing. As Allied forces pushed inland to capture surrounding Nazis-occupied French towns, all were aware the outcome would determine how the war would end.