Secret D-Day / Surviving D-Day
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It was one of the best-kept secrets of the Second World War. 700 American soldiers killed in less than three hours, but it wasn’t on the battlefields of Northern Europe. It was off a quiet English beach in April 1944, during a practice exercise for the highly Secret D-Day landings that were to follow a month later. Ten times as many men died in this rehearsal than in the Utah Beach landings themselves. On government orders all evidence of the disaster was to be concealed. Not until this last decade did relatives learn the truth about how their sons and husbands died. In this film we investigate what happened to the bodies of these soldiers and tell the extraordinary story of how they met their deaths.
Stunning graphics and 3-D environments portray the life-or-death reality of taking part in an operation that changed the course of history. Presenting a soldier's eye-view of the battle for Omaha Beach and beyond, Surviving D-Day blends compelling reconstruction and rare archive footage with magnetic interviews with those who were there. In a forensic breakdown of the battle, Surviving D-Day reveals how an individual's chances of seeing another day depended on a bewildering array of factors. Some could be determined by personal choices. Most could not. What could a man do to raise the odds of survival?
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