Remembering the 75th D-Day Anniversary
June 6th, 2019 by Isaiah Beard

From Wikipedia: A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach(Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France) on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing two-thirds of Company E became casualties.

As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of one of the most important events in world history, there is a concern that the true meaning of this day, and the significance it holds, may be lost on future generations. Fortunately, one of the unique aspects of Word War II is that it is the first war fought which had extensive audio and film recordings of the events as they unfolded. It was also the first time radio really shone in the theatre of journalism, reporting the events as they happened.

It’s possible to relive these events. The Internet Archive has a recording of D-Day new broadcasts, starting form the initial reports of the invasion (interestingly, from German news sources reporting the invasion in progress, with allied news sources unable to confirm due to a media blackout from the war department), all the way to journalists on the scene, reporting back on their experiences.

If you’re interested, I invite you have a listen:

Internet archive: D-Day Broadcasts

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