Gotta Watch: Remembering D-Day
Reinforcements disembarking from a landing barge at Normandy during the allied invasion of France on D-Day
June 6th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Remembering D-Day

On June 6th, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops poured onto the heavily fortified beaches of Normandy, France, in one of the most decisive battles of World War II. The D-Day invasion marked a beginning of the end of the war and the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe. This particular operation was at a high cost to the Allied forces, with nearly 10,000 troops killed or wounded. Today marks the 67th anniversary of that pivotal operation.

'We didn't have time to fear' - World War II veterans recount what it was like to participate in the invasion of Normandy.

D-Day begins - After years of meticulous planning and training for the Allied forces, it all came down to June 6, 1944.

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  1. LoveMyMarine

    How dare you say no one cares? I care and mostly everyone i associate with cares...I see someone who needs to watch the movie Taking Chance to learn some respect for our Military...

    June 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dude

    what a generation!
    I have nothing respect and admiration of these (then)young men and women.
    Thank you!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. UHhello

    I think it very important that we keep these images alive and more importantly the very ugly sick images of the destruction, loss of life, loss of machinery, total interruption our lives. Without keeping this alive people will forget just how devistating war really is. Our media has cleaned up our wars (thanks to GWB) so much people do not get to see the dirty side of war. It is almost like Lybia or Syria where some people see or hear about one image as told through eye witnesses and others hear a "government version" which hides the horror, the costs, the stories of the enemies or combatants in general. My father served from 1938 – 1943 in WW2 he is still alive at 92 yrs old not kicking like he used too but still hear ( I count it as a blessing ) he was an FO and served under Montegomry and then later under U.S. command he fought for the truth, for our American way, for a better America than he was raised in. Now politicians are trying to hide that America or bury it under false lies of "we are in debt" the "economy comes first (meaning before the peoples health care or retirement or education)" to serve corporations that care nothing for our families sacrifices given decade after decade for those rights to a good healthy life.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jingoistic Drum Banger

      Amen to that!
      It is time to take it to the streets!
      It is too late for another revolution!
      Anarchy NOW

      June 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pliny

    They saved the world.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Josh

    I am not quite sure why we are discussing which was the most decisive battle in WWII. If it wasn't for the combined efforts of all countries, we would probably be all speaking german right now. Hitler spread his armies way too thin, and he got beat because of it by all countries.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gloria

    I am very proud to be an American and to have a chance to see and hear those who fought so courageously discuss the hell they went through to ensure freedom.

    A million thanks to all who have served and are currently serving!!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Democrats suck!

    To those of you DEVILS that say you don't care about these men that served our country, a quick death is too good for you! Hide behind your PC because if you were within my grasp, I would end you, COWARDS!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teabaggers suck!

      Actually, it is all things Palin that you should end.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • agp

      Another Internet tough guy speaks! Its easy to be tough online behind a computer.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Let us thank those who saved us from fascism, even as we now descend into it.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheWiz71

      Please. Don't be ridiculous. And leave contemporary politics out of this.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ELIAS LARKIN SSGT USAF RET.

    THE USA IM WWll SUPPLED THE WORLD WIT H WEAPONS, AND WE ALSO FEED THE WORLD. AND LOOK AT US NOW

    June 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Just Jim

    If you do really care about these events, and about his terrible period in history – then do yourself a "favor". I say favor in quotes, because this is not an easy task emotionally or travel / financially.

    Tour the two remaining Auschwitz camps in Poland. That experience will change you forever.

    My last visit was in 1998. Much of the camps still exist as they were left by the Nazis – although weather and neglect have taken their toll.

    I believe this is something everyone should see. You will leave a changed human being.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Screwball

    American brothers and sisters: on this "Day of Days", when you pause to remember the U.S. troops that fought and died in Normandy, please include the Canadian and British troops who also died in your thoughts. Despite what (albeit incredible) movies like "Saving Private Ryan" and countless American WWII docs have taught us, there were three countries involved in the Allied landings on D-Day. We fought beside you then, and we continue to fight beside you now. Lest we forget.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jet

    the male african american interviewer is a total idiot! he says to the one d-day vet, "why did you choose military service"!
    DUH, it was war and these kids were drafted you moron! Your editor should have deleted this moronic question! unless you were 4F(physically unable to pass the physical to enter military service) everyone went! He is uneducated and a putz!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • usnvet

      Jet, there were more volunteers than the military could accommodate after 7, 1941. Prior to the US entry into WWII (that's world war two) Americans volunteered for the British and Canadian military and the "Flying Tigers" volunteered to fly for the Chinese. Yes, the draft was active, but young men loved their country and volunteers were plentiful. By 1943, young men could not volunteer, they had to be drafted. his was done so the nation could keep men in critical industries and balance the numbers coming in with training resources available. Not everyone went.

      We can only presume you are the result of years of public education...

      June 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    I'm gay

    June 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jingoistic Drum Banger

      I am happy for you!

      June 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JOE

    Such great human sacrifice to liberate the world from the oppression and atrocities of the nazzi regime. Something that that the Hitler youth Donald Trump wouldn't understand. But what is unfortunate is that despite all the good that the United States and Great Britain and the allies have accomplished in spreading freedom and global democracy to so many yearning to be free, yet today there are so many dictators around the world still seeking the reigns of power and committing human atrocities. I guess there will always be warefare and civil unrest around this god forsaken world as long as selfish leaders continue to rule.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Limey

    I made the trip to Dunkirk myself. You remember Dunkirk. Right?

    June 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Yeah, I know of Dunkirk! We high schoolers aren't all idiots..... Limey, you were there?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • william

      that craft PA 13-13 was my fathers landing craft,,, he was the pilot of the craft

      June 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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