Normandy landings’ anniversary


D-Day 70: The Heroes Return (BBC2, Friday June 6, 8pm)

What’s It All About? On 6 June 1944, at the height of the Second World War, the Allied forces embarked upon one of the most ambitious amphibious landings ever undertaken. Following a campaign of subterfuge and misdirection against German intelligence, over 150,000 troops stormed five sections of beaches in Normandy.

It was the turning point of the war, giving the Allies a foothold in mainland Europe from which they were able to expand.

Now, 70 years later to the day, a host of events throughout Normandy commemorate the actions of the Allies on that fateful day.

Senior members of the Royal Family join with other heads of state as well as military veterans from all nations to pay tribute to the thousands of armed forces personnel who lost their lives on June 6, 1944, and in the days and weeks that followed.

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, says: “We all owe so much to the brave servicemen and women who took part in the D-Day campaign and it is a privilege to commemorate and mark this incredibly important anniversary with a range of programming across BBC TV, radio and online.”