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    FRANCE, NORMANDY

    THIRTY NINE YEARS AGO ON 8 MAY BRITAIN AND HER EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN ALLIES CELEBRATED THE END OF WORLD WAR TWO.

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    FRANCE, NORMANDY

    THIRTY NINE YEARS AGO ON 8 MAY BRITAIN AND HER EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN ALLIES CELEBRATED THE END OF WORLD WAR TWO. VE-DAY CAME ALMOST ELEVEN MONTHS AFTER THE ALLIED INVASION OF EUROPE ON JUNE 6 1944. PREPARATIONS ARE NOW UNDERWAY IN THE FRENCH PROVINCE OF NORMANDY, WHERE THE INVASION WAS LAUNCHED, TO COMMEMORATE THE EVENT AND THE THOUSANDS OF TROOPS WHO DIED. THE INVASION, KNOWN AS 'OPERATION OVERLORD' BEGAN AT DAWN AFTER MONTHS OF PLANNING. ALLIED FORCES, MAINLY BRITISH CANADIAN AND UNITED STATES TROOPS, WERE FERRIED ACROSS THE CHANNEL TO MAKE AN ASSAULT ON WHAT ADOLF HITLER CALLED 'FORTRESS OF EUROPE' LANDING ON THE NOW TRANQUIL BEACHES OF NORMANDY. MANY OF THE ALLIES PRIME TARGETS WILL STAND AS MEMORIALS. PEGASUS BRIDGE WAS CAPTURED IN THE EARLY HOURS OF D-DAY PREVENTING GERMAN ARMOURED DIVISIONS FROM RUSHING ACROSS TO STEM ONSLAUGHT. IT WILL BE OPENED NEXT MONTH TO ALLOW THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA, CARRYING THE QUEEN, TO SAIL THROUGH TO THE TOWN OF CAEN. SHE WILL ALSO VISIT THE BRITISH CEMETERY WITH PRESIDENT FRANCISCO MITTERRAND, IN BAYEUX. THE BIGGEST CEMETERY IS THE UNITED STATES' WITH 9.386 GRAVES. FRENCH SECURITY SERVICES WILL BE ON THE ALERT IN THE RUN UP AND DURING THE CELEBRATION FOR TERRORIST SABOTAGE, US PRESIDENT REAGAN WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN COMMEMORATING THE ANNIVERSARY BY UNVEILING A MONUMENT AT UTAH BEACH.

    Source: BBC 1" VIDEO TAPE

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    Film ID:
    VLVA64YFAWWDHJRUZW4QHTB4PRWF3
    Media URN:
    VLVA64YFAWWDHJRUZW4QHTB4PRWF3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1944
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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