Thursday 19 July 2018

During 1944 and 1945 the Allies produced a feature length film, The True Glory, as a permanent visual record of the campaign in Europe. The film covers all the major engagements from D-Day to the fall of Berlin.

The audio clips below are from accounts of D-Day, read by actors.

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An Introduction by the Supreme Commander

General Dwight D Eisenhower introduces The True Glory.

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Members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) plotting Allied naval operations before D-Day.

Putting the War on the Map

Members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) plotting Allied naval operations before D-Day.

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Arriving in Britain

An American soldier remembers the journey to Britain and his first impressions of the country.

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The Waiting Game

A British soldier talks about boarding the landing ships and waiting for the invasion to begin.

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The Final Briefing

An American soldier describes the final briefing that troops received before the start of the invasion and his feelings about the upcoming attack.

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The Airborne Assault

A pilot recalls towing gliders during the airborne assault.

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Breaking the News

A British journalist remembers the first time he heard about the campaign, on the morning of D-Day.

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Landing on the Beaches

The Allies approach France by sea and the soldiers move towards the beaches under fire.

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Omaha Beach

An American soldier describes landing on Omaha beach.

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Securing a Foothold

A Scottish soldier reports moving away form the beaches and hearing about the campaign's progress.

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Utah Beach

An American soldier describes transporting men and equipment across Utah beach.

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15 Days Outside Caen

A British soldier talks about the 15 days he spent in a field outside of Caen during the fight to take the city.

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The Casualties

An American nurse remembers her first casualty.

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Voiceovers

Carol Reed: commentary spoken & director
Garson Kanin: commentary spoken & director
Richard Attenborough: commentary spoken
Arthur MacRae: commentary spoken
Francoise Rosay: commentary spoken
Claude Dauphin: commentary spoken
Jimmy Handley: commentary spoken
Sam Levine: commentary spoken
Frank Harvey: commentary spoken
Peter Ustinov: commentary spoken
John Laurie: commentary spoken

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