A Blast From The Past: Archival Newsreel Footage of D-Day!


Today is the 74th anniversary of D-Day, a day in which thousands sacrificed themselves so that the world could live free of Hitler’s tyranny.

Now, back in 1944, they didn’t have the nightly news.  They didn’t have CNN or MSNBC or Fox News.  There was no 24-hour news channels.  And certainly, there was no internet.  No one live tweeted the invasion of Normandy.  No one blogged about it.  No one marked themselves safe on Facebook.  Instead, for many of the citizens back home, their first knowledge of D-Day came from the newsreels that often ran before movies.

The newsreel below is from June 9th, 1944, three days after the invasion.  Take a look:

Also, be sure to check out some of our previous D-Day posts:

  1. The D-Day Photos of Robert Capa
  2. Film Review: The Longest Day
  3. Scenes I Love: Saving Private Ryan
  4. A Second Scene I Love From Saving Private Ryan

 

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