D-Day To Berlin (2004) BBC

Episode 3 - The Dream That Died (2/6)

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Episode 3 - The Dream That Died

"The only answer to total war is total defeat and total occupation," President Roosevelt warned the German people. This warning was to set the tone for the final months of destruction that would leave Europe torn apart.

Hitler's last great offensive in the Ardennes failed. With British and American armies poised to cross the Rhine in the west, and Soviet forces advancing towards the River Oder in the east, there was only one offer on the table for Germany - unconditional surrender. The Allies would not negotiate with a country that had plunged Europe into war twice in 30 years. A new world order would have to emerge, one based on democracy and freedom. But for Goebbels unconditional surrender was a propaganda gift - evidence that the last battle must be fought for the survival of the German 'folk'. And the Allies seemed to be prepared to go to any lengths to secure their victory.

In Feburary, two nights of bombing reduced the city of Dresden to rubble, a... (read more)

Documentary Description

It was the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving over 156,000 troops. But how did it really feel to take part in D-Day?

Based entirely on historical fact and veterans' stories, this two-hour drama tells first hand the untold and extraordinary tales of the everyday men and women who made D-Day possible. Using archive footage, drama reconstruction, profiles of key historic figures, in addition to interviews with surviving English, American, French and German veterans, the film maps the events that led up to the most historic invasion in history and allows viewers to experience something of the courage, terror and carnage of the battle itself.

Each character featured has a part to play in the narrative - their individual stories merging as the assault on the Normandy beaches begins - thereby piecing together the vast jigsaw of planning, events, tragic heroism and lucky coincidences that encompass D-Day.

D-Day brings to life not only key military leaders such as Eisenhower and Ro... (read more)

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