This is the story of the senior-level preparations for the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 from the time of Dwight D. Eisenhower's appointment as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to the establishment of the beachhead in Normandy. The film recounts many of the trials and tribulation Ike had to face, not the least of which were the many prima donnas surrounding him (Patton, Montgomery and especially de Gaulle) and the need for tact and diplomacy to bring all sides together for what would be the largest amphibious assault ever attempted. Written by
Did You Know?
A written message written by Eisenhower and taking full responsibility by him and to be issued to the media should the D-Day landings fail was found in one of the pockets of his military uniforms years later after D-Day. These details about this message were worked into this tele-movie's script. See more
Charles de Gaulle
is shown refusing to put French troops under Dwight D. Eisenhower
's command, but in fact he had done so, and French naval and ground forces, including an armored division, participated in D-Day. Also, when Eisenhower briefs de Gaulle on 4 June 1944, de Gaulle is shown objecting to different parts of the battle plan. In fact he had no such objections, and complimented the "Anglo-Saxons" on their attention to detail. See more
Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith
Last one at the dance or the first?
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Hell, it's just the way it is, Bedell. One minute I'm exactly what Churchill described, the most powerful man in history. Now the order's given, hell; I'm just audience, front row center to be sure. But a Corporal on Juno, a Private on Utah, they're the ones who will affect the outcome, not me. It's up to them now.