The Liberation: The Longest Day

It was the most dangerous, daring and risky sea landing in history, with more casualties than ever before. On June 6th, 1944 around 200,000 men - Americans, British and their allies - landed in Normandy. D-day was the first step in driving German forces back across Europe and destroying the Third Reich.

At dawn on June 6th the entire coastal region of Normandy was transformed into a hell of smoke and fire. At 6.30 a.m., when the first landing craft reached the beach, the German forces used grenades and heavy machine-guns in an attempt to repel the soldiers streaming out of the vessels. On the flat beach the allied soldiers were completely unprotected. The massacre was devastating. During this brief period, in the landing sector of "Omaha Beach" alone, thousands of Americans lost their lives, torn to bits by fragments of iron and steel. Soldiers who survived these terrible moments will never forget the experience.

Length 1 x 52'
Year 2004
Genre Documentary
Format Digital Betacam
Director Sebastian Dehnhardt, Manfred Oldenburg
Boadcast ZDF / History Channel