Producer
Director
Sebastian Dehnhardt, Manfred Oldenburg
Producer
Digital Betacam
Genre
Documentary
Broadcaster
ZDF / History Channel
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2004
The Liberation
The longest day

It was the most massive, bold, adventurous and loss-making landing operation in history: on 6 June 1944, some 200,000 men - Americans, British and their allies - set out to storm "Fortress Europe" to seal the defeat of the Third Reich.

At dawn on 6 June, the Normandy coastline is transformed into a hell of fire and smoke. When the first landing craft reach the beach at 6.30 a.m., the German soldiers fire grenades and heavy machine-gun salvos into the landing crowds of people who are completely defenceless against the shelling on the flat beach. It is a terrible massacre. In the landing sector "Omaha Beach" alone, thousands of Americans fall in a short time, torn and shredded by iron and steel. Soldiers who survived this horrific moment will never forget it.

The Liberation: The Longest Day

It was the most massive, bold, adventurous and loss-making landing operation in history: on 6 June 1944, some 200,000 men - Americans, British and their allies - set out to storm "Fortress Europe" to seal the defeat of the Third Reich.

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