• Short Summary

    THE NORMANDY BEACHES WERE "INVADED" AGAIN YESTERDAY BY DETACHMENTS FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF BRITAIN, CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES.

  • Description

    THE NORMANDY BEACHES WERE "INVADED" AGAIN YESTERDAY BY DETACHMENTS FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF BRITAIN, CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. THEY HAD LANDED TO TAKE PART IN THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY - THE BEGINNING OF THE ALLIED DRIVE AGAINST GERMAN-OCCUPIED EUROPE.

    NOW THE BEACHES ARE DESERTED AND QUIET, AND THE REMAINS OF THE TANKS AND GERMAN BUNKERS ARE OVERGROWN WITH LONG GRASS. APART FROM THE RUINED GERMAN DEFENCES, THE MEMORIALS AND THE REBUILT VILLAGES, THERE IS LITTLE TO REMIND THE VISITORS OF THE FATEFUL DAY TWENTY YEARS AGO.

    AT ARROMANCHES THE GREAT CONCRETE BLOCKS WHICH WERE TOWED ACROSS THE CHANNEL TO FORM THE FAMOUS MULBERRY HARBOUR, ARE STILL VISIBLE, HALF SUNKEN AND TILTED ALONG THE COAST NEAR THE LITTLE TOWN.

    THE FIRST OF THE CEREMONIES, HELD YESTERDAY, WAS AT THE BRITISH WAR CEMETERY AT LA DELIVRANDE, NEAR THE SEA. THE CEMETERY CONTAINS MANY GRAVES OF MEN KILLED DURING THE NORTHERN ADVANCE OF CAEN.

    AT THE SIMPLE CEREMONY, GENERAL OMAR BRADLEY, COMMANDER OF THE AMERICAN ASSAULT FORCES, HEADED A GROUP OF FAMOUS SOLDIERS - AMONG THEM GENERAL MATTHEW RIDGWAY AND GENERAL SIR RICHARD GALE,WHO COMMANDED THE 6TH AIRBORNE DIVISION. QUEEN ELIZABETH WAS REPRESENTED BY SIR PIERSON DIXON, THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR IN PARIS. THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WAS REPRESENTED BY LORD JELLICOE, MINISTER OF STATE FOR DEFENCE (NAVY). LEADING THE FRENCH CONTINGENT WAS M. JEAN SAINTENEY, MINISTER FOR EX-SERVICEMEN.

    CONTINGENTS FROM THE THREE BRITISH SERVICES, AND THE CANADIAN, FRENCH AND AMERICAN ARMIES STOOD TO ATTENTION AMONG THE SIMPLE GRAVESTONES. WITH THEM WERE THE MEN IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES, WEARING ROWS OF MEDALS, WHO SILENTLY REMEMBERED THE BITTER FIGHTING THAT JUNE DAY TWENTY YEARS AGO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5Q0QEIWJVU8D09P8AM970AOAG
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Q0QEIWJVU8D09P8AM970AOAG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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