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Smart Talk: 70th anniversary of D-Day

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 4, 2014 4:20 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, June 5, 2014:

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June 6th, 1944 -- 70 years ago Friday -- was the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II.   It took three years to plan and included tens of thousands of American, British, Canadian, and French soldiers, sailors, and resistance fighters.  In fact, it was the largest invasion in history. 

The Allied landings at Normandy on the west coast of France was the beginning of the end of Hitler's Third Reich.  Germany didn't fall until 10 months later but D-Day started the push.

On Smart Talk, we'll learn about D-Day -- why it was almost a disaster, how weather played a huge role, that not enough ships was the Allied's biggest challenge, and seasickness may have contributed to the large number of American casualties.


Dr. Brooke Blades

Joining us on the program are Craig L. Symonds, the author of the new book Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings and Dr. Brooke Blades, a historic archeologist and anthropologist who will focus on the near disaster at Omaha Beach.

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