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
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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
In the Overlord briefing for King George VI there are a series of flags and regimental colors displayed in the Headquarters. All of the US flags are displayed with the blue field of stars in the upper right hand corner when they should be hung with the field in the upper left hand corner. This could be written off as a historically representative mistake, but this many flags in the presence of the King of Great Britain, the Prime Minister of the UK and the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces would be hung correctly. See more
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I'm not sending a bunch of fresh young kids to die for a people they know nothing about, I'm asking them to die for freedom and they're ready to do it and that's why they're heroes.