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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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
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
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.