D-Day: The True Story of Omaha

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War Documentary hosted by Bill Ratner, published by Smithsonian Channel in 2007 - English narration

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-- Also aired by BBC Timewatch as "Bloody Omaha" -- On the 64th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a television documentary shows just how close America came to losing one of the most important – and bloodiest – battles in its history. History remembers D-Day, the greatest amphibious invasion ever attempted, as a great victory by U.S. forces, which were launched across the English Channel from the southern shore of England. The Normandy Invasion is a battle we thought we knew. History records that within hours, 2,000 men were killed. But new research has found that in reality, the casualty figures were more than double that. The story of D-Day has been re-told in dramas such as "Saving Private Ryan." But what really happened on Omaha Beach in June 1944? What was it like for the men who had to fight their way ashore here - and how did they manage to win when so much seemed to go so wrong? "D-Day - The True Story of Omaha" evaluates evidence, old and new, to reveal that the pivotal battle at Omaha Beach was nearly a total disaster. Although an accidental breakdown in communications could have led to complete loss, the opportunity for victory was seized by a small group of men who were in the wrong place at the right time. New evidence shown in the film reveals that the German defenses were far stronger than anticipated. The recent discovery of a captured German map and the re-emergence of an entire German bunker, hidden under the Normandy soil for over sixty years, bring new insights into how the strength of the German defenses had increased significantly between the planning for D-Day and the invasion itself. As depicted in motion pictures like Saving Private Ryan, Germans – behind their bunkers along the shoreline – assaulted U.S. soldiers landing on the beach with a lethal combination of machine guns, hand grenades, and bombs. A massive U.S. air strike, conducted just hours earlier, intended to take out these German defenses, but failed to hit the targets. Americans landed on the beach believing that they would make it safely to the cliffs where German munitions were stored. Yet thousands of soldiers were killed as soon as they stepped onto the beach, or even into the water as they waded to shore. At the time, it was believed that, within hours, 2,000 men were cut down - "felled," says one historian in the film, "like stalks of wheat by a sickle." But the casualty figures were closer to 5,000. The U.S. casualty toll at Omaha was so high that it has come to be known simply as "Bloody Omaha." Still, the battle was won in spite of the heaviest of odds. "D-Day - The True Story of Omaha" sheds new light on one of the iconic stories of World War II through emotional personal testimony by U.S. survivors of the battle, interviews with historians and military experts from both sides of the Atlantic, and ambitious reconstructions of battle scenes using state-of-the-art computer-generated imaging. Here's the full true story of "Bloody Omaha." D-Day- The True Story of Omaha Beach is a co-production with BBC Timewatch. Historical consultant: Simon Trew. Produced and Directed by James Hayes ; A BBC / Smithsonian Networks / Open University Co-Production

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 3 786 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1916x1068
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 46 min 38 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.35 GB
Source: HDTV 1080i MPEG2 (Thanks to TrollHD)
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