Available on DVD for the very first time, the Discovery Channel’s feature-length, highly acclaimed documentary film Normandy: The Great Crusade offers one of the finest-ever accounts of D-Day and the battle for Normandy.
The scale of the campaign was truly awe-inspiring. The great armada, which took the Allied invasion force across the Channel, was the largest sea fleet the world had ever seen – in excess of 6,000 ships. Over twelve and a half weeks in the summer of 1944, two million men fought first on the beaches and then in the fields of Normandy. 100,000 were killed and a further 300,000 wounded.
Normandy: The Great Crusade provides a uniquely personal account of the battles and campaigns by bringing to life the personal letters and journals of those who fought – and sometimes died - on D-Day and in the weeks beyond.
Here are the first hand accounts of British officers and men and American paratroopers and tank crews. Here too are the accounts of German soldiers manning the sea wall, Hitler Youth soldiers fighting around Caen and French civilians caught up and trapped in the fighting.
Their vivid and unforgettable stories are illustrated by the pick of front line combat footage, private photographs and even the radio broadcasts of the time, including Bob Hope commenting on the invasion.
Release Date: 19 October 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification