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Tom Sizemore and Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan. AJ Pics / Alamy Stock Photo

Ten classic films about D-day, recommended by a war historian

D-Day has drawn the attention of numerous filmmakers over the years. Here are ten of the best D-Day films, each showing the invasion’s prominent place in international memory.
Members of E Company of the 16th Infantry Regiment approach the Normandy beaches in the first wave of the D-Day invasion. National Park Service

‘The first wave went through hell’ – how the 16th Infantry Regiment’s heroism helped bring victory on D-Day

In the first wave to hit the beach, troops were met by withering German gunfire. But they kept pushing and established a small beachhead from which the invasion could continue.
U.S. Army Rangers prepare to depart England for the D-Day invasion. Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

Rangers led the way in the D-Day landings 80 years ago

The fight up the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc and the battle across Omaha Beach were spearheaded by a relatively new type of unit: Army Rangers.
The Soviet Union’s leading newspaper only mentioned D-Day in small print at the very top of its front page on June 7, 1944. Pravda

Soviet media downplayed the significance of the D-Day invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said D-Day ‘was not a game changer’ in World War II – and Soviet media delivered that message starting the day after the invasion.
Troops of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade head to shore in Bernières-sur-Mer, Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Gilbert Alexander Milne, Department of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada, PA-122765

D-Day: The politics involved in how war should be memorialized and remembered

Remembrance for post-veteran generations involves learning about history, trying to comprehend the what, how and why and its relevance today.

Churchill: Downton does D-Day

The latest film about Britain’s revered war leader struggles to capture the man – or give his wife the credit she deserves.
Military needs drove the development of vaccines we still use today. US troops storming beach via

How World War II spurred vaccine innovation

During World War II the US military forged partnerships with industry and academia that translated laboratory findings into working products at an unprecedented pace.
The culmination of a lot of planning, and a lot of building. DVIDSHUB

The military power, economics and strategy that led to D-Day

On June 6 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy. Their number rose to 1.5m over the next six weeks. With them came millions of tons of equipment, ranging from munitions, vehicles, food…
Protect and defend: President Obama takes the pledge at West Point’s graduation ceremony. EPA/Peter Foley

From D-Day to today: US foreign policy is at a turning point

As President Obama looks across the beaches of Normandy for the ceremony commemorating the D-Day landings, he could be forgiven for feeling ambivalent. Certainly, these are sites of great tragedy and a…

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