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?
D-Day was on the 6th of June 1944. This tele-movie marked the 60th Anniversary of D-Day as it was both filmed and first broadcast in 2004, sixty years after D-Day. See more
At the beginning of the movie (and as seen on the DVD cover photo), Ike has three rows of campaign ribbons on his uniform. Near the end of the movie, his uniform has only two. He actually had two rows. At the time, most officers didn't think it appropriate to "decorate" their uniforms, and were highly selective on what to display. See more
King George VI
I am impressed by the detail the comprehensiveness of your planning. The expected losses, the sheer carnage.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I also ache at that thought your majesty, I remember my first trip to Europe as a young man, and I felt blessed to be here, to see it, to touch the origins of my own country that I love so dearly. I hope one day all young Americans will have the same opportunity. Now hundred's of thousands will, along with Britons, Canadians and European Allies fighting to return home, this kind of visit...