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.
Did You Know?
This film is a rare occurrence in which both Tom Selleck
and Gerald McRaney
appear without their trademark mustaches, in order to play two well-known real-life historical figures who did not have mustaches. See more
When Churchill and Eisenhower are discussing the fake army in Norfolk Churchill says that there is nowhere in the UK more than 150 Miles from the sea. The correct figure is closer to 50 Miles. See more
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Of course Overlord did not fail. How could it? With so many fine young men and women from all corners of the earth, all determined to do their best to free a world gone half mad.