This program examines the crucial role tanks played during the Allied invasion of Normandy in June, 1944, and beyond, with a special look at the heavy British Churchill AVRE and the amphibious Sherman Duplex Drive tanks. Informative computer graphics, expert analysis, archival footage and more also shed light on the role of "Hobart's Funnies" assault vehicles, the advantages of Allied and German armor, and more.
It was the biggest air and naval fleet in history to take off for France to free Europe from Nazi Germany’s clutches. As World War II entered its fifth year of combat, and despite set-backs in Russia, the power of Germany remained so strong that the Anglo American Allies had to recruit 2 million men all ready to sacrifice their lives. From the Battle of Normandy to the Liberation of Paris, tens of thousands of lives were lost; D-Day Sacrifice recounts the story of the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944 through the testimonies of those who lived it. Comprised entirely of re-mastered and colourised archive footage, much of it never before seen, the remarkable testimonies of famous individuals like Dwight D. Eisenhower and Erwin Rommel are intertwined with those of anonymous soldiers and citizens, such as film director Samuel Fuller and Eisenhower’s chauffeur, Kay Summersby.