'I've never seen a sight like it in all my life'

HMS Belfast played an important role on D-Day.

Watch IWM curator John Delaney explore the significance of what the ship and her crew did that day - and hear the voices of the men who were on board and witnessed the events first hand.

Colour footage shot on board HMS Belfast by George Stevens Credit: War footage from the George Stevens Collection at the Library of Congress

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