June 6, 2014 will note the 70th Anniversary that D-Day, the huge landing the 175,000 ally combat troops follow me the northern shore of France, which significant the beginning of the end of civilization War II in Europe.

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In an age before television and 24/7 cable news, it to be radio that listed the American windy (and the world) with up-to-the-minute coverage of the occasions that developed on that fateful day.

The complying with is a review of what to be reported end the NBC radio network while D-Day was unfolding in France. Bracketed annotations have actually been consisted of to administer a far better understanding of what was taking place on the intrusion beaches as these programs were going the end over the air, and also to aid clarify and also expand top top what was being discussed. (Please note: every times will certainly be offered in Eastern battle Time which was 6 hours behind the moment on the invasion beaches.)


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12:37 a.m. sent via teletype come the news rooms of the major radio networks. Return this report is unverified, NBC put its "D-Day Plan" into impact by recalling the newsroom staff.>

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2:00 a.m.

At approximately 2:00 a.m., NBC interrupts its frequently scheduled regimen with a bulletin saying that German radio is reporting the the D-Day intrusion of Europe has started with Allied troop landings follow me the northern shore of France. NBC proceeds to interrupt its programs with additional updates ~ above what German radio is reporting: that the French harbor of La Havre is being shelling, the airborne troops have actually landed close to the mouth of Seine River, and also that German marine craft space battling allied landing craft turn off the northern coastline of France. NBC’s bulletins emphasize that these are German reports and also that there has actually been no official confirmation the the invasion has begun. The war Department has declared that it has no info on the reports being broadcast by German radio. Indigenous Washington, Richard Harkness comments that the German broadcasts can be (1) attempts to fish for information, (2) reporting among the feints, dress rehearsals or false rumors the British prime Minister Winston Churchill claimed would proceed the really invasion, or (3) report the actual invasion. Elmer Davis, the head of the Office that War details (OWI) has actually told reporters that, "We have actually no an ext information 보다 you do." It has been learned the the BBC had broadcast a warning come the civilization of Holland to leaving the coastal regions and move inland. Morgan Beatty speculates together whether or not this is "the actual thing." NBC announces the it will store its network open throughout the night to continue providing news coverage "of this important but still unconfirmed event." native London come a bulletin the Londoners were awakened in the early morning hrs by the largest trip of aircraft ever before to require to the air. From brand-new York, Robert St. John comments that, for weeks, the French underground had been warned to was standing by because that the invasion. A big armada of ally ships had been gathering in brothers ports, and large amounts of devices had been stockpiled in southern England. An announcement is made the the NBC Network, which generally closes at 3:00 a.m. EWT, will remain open up throughout the night, offering the latest intrusion news bulletins come its 146 affiliated stations.

3:00 a.m.

It has been learned that the BBC broadcast a warning to the world of France the "a brand-new phase" in the air offensive has begun, and that human being living along the coast should relocate inland, keeping away from roads, bridges and also railroads. Paris radio has actually been silent around the invasion. German radio has reported hefty fighting ~ above the Normandy peninsula. Robert St. Man comments that, "we might be pull close a fateful hour."

3:32 a.m. NBC switches come the can be fried Headquarters of the allied Expeditionary force (SHAEF) in London for the reading of Communiqué #1, a quick statement confirming that, under the command of general Eisenhower, Allied naval forces, supported by solid air forces, began landing Allied militaries this morning on the northern shore of France. Robert St. Man comments that this is the intrusion of Hitler’s Europe -- the european front – and also that casualties may reach a dreadful toll. Armed forces leaders have promised win in Europein 1944. Airpower led the way. Via shortwave indigenous London, Edward R. Murrow reads general Eisenhower’s order of the Day the was check out to every Allied troops prior to the invasion began. H.V. Kaltenborn comments on Communiqué #1 and also on Eisenhower’s bespeak of the day. That is cut short for the analysis of a report, written by Herbert Clark onboard one of the ally flagships before the armada getting underway for the invasion shore the night before. Clark comments that he no much longer finds "tight security" an inconvenience since it helped to safeguard the armada prior to it gained underway. Robert St. John reports that British general Montgomery is in command of the Allied army assault group, i m sorry is believed to be comprised of practically 70% American troops.

3:45 a.m. London via shortwave (with static): Eisenhower addresses the human being of western Europe to inform them of the invasion. That is announced the general Charles de Gaulle has landed in England and also will do a radio address to France later on in the day. King Haakon VII of Norway provides a radio address in Norwegian come the civilization of Norway (followed by an English translation.) Communiqué #1 is re-read. Premier Gerbandy of the Netherlands speak in dutch (followed by an English translation.) Premier Pierdot that Belgium speaks to the world of Belgium. This is interrupted by a bulletin picked up native German radio announcing that fighting is following 10 miles inland from the intrusion beaches. bright Bryant (doing a pool report for the linked Allied Networks) describes riding onboard among the transport planes that yielded airborne troops come France. This is adhered to by the playing of the nationwide Anthem.

4:00 a.m.

Station identification: WEAF, new York. H.V. Kaltenborn comments on the German announcement that fighting is going on 10 mile inland, and on wright Bryant’s report. From London, man Vandercook, gives a stirring account the the facts that are recognized so far. From the Pentagon, a blog post from general Pershing is read. One unidentified commentator defines how news that the intrusion was an initial released to those reporters within the Pentagon. From NBC Washington, Richard Harkness summarizes the information about the invasion that has just to be released by the battle Department.

4:45 a.m. (approximately): indigenous London, a reporter that flew onboard a B-26 Marauder aircraft during the pre-invasion battle provides an eyewitness account that what he saw: thousands of Allied plane in the air; parachutes in the areas where airborne troops had actually landed throughout the night; German tanks moving up roadways towards the beach front; and also the battle of the landing beaches. Robert St. John repeats German radio bulletins reporting that hefty fighting is going on 10 miles inland. German radio has additionally reported that, throughout the night, fake parachutists were dropped by the Allies to cause confusion. Native Washington, Richard Harkness summarizes the official report just issued by the battle Department and which describes how the intrusion operation was brought out. Through the second day, ar kitchens will certainly be in operation and also Allied troops in France will have hot meals. Back German radio had actually the an initial news of the invasion, the just reliable source for information is allied headquarters. President Roosevelt, who undoubtedly knew the the intrusion was walk to take it place, retired at an early stage last night. Morgan Beatty: a German counter-attack is expected within 72 hours. The invasion area is ideally suited because that naval support. Richard Harkness interviews an main from the French government in exile He tells of what that was choose in France under German occupation in the year leading approximately the invasion. The French underground will be help the Allies. From London, David Anderson who was in ~ a royal Air pressure base prior to the begin of the invasion, describes RAF planes acquisition off because that France prior to the paratroopers leaving. Allied planes have actually now been repainted through blue and also white stripes so the Allied ships can conveniently identify them. Midget submarines were used to note the approaches to the intrusion beaches. H.V. Kaltenborn summarizes events of the last 3 hours. (During this summary, Communiqué #1 is replayed.) The NBC Orchestra plays The Stars and also Stripes Forever.

5:30 a.m. WEAF station identification. Robert St. John: monitoring planes returning from France report that the intrusion beaches space alive with Allied troops. Over there is tiny movement ~ above the roads and also no German aircraft were observed. German radio has reported that several German airfields have been destroyed. From Washington, Richard Harkness describes in some detail the pre-invasion diplomacy that took place between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin as to when the Allies would attack Western Europe to produce a "second front" the would draw German troops away from Russia. Stalin had actually wanted a second front as beforehand as 1942, but Churchill had actually held the end for 1944, until after Africa and Italy had been invaded and an adequate variety of troops had actually been trained and assembled in England, together with the necessary tools needed for the "largest amphibious attack the civilization has ever seen." Stalin to be told so late in 1943 that Eisenhower would certainly lead the invasion. There has been no agreement with Russia on exactly how post-war Germany will be dealt with.

6:00 a.m. <At Omaha Beach, American forces move inland and assault the village of Coleville. At Utah Beach, U.S. Troops relocate off the beach and also link up v paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, who had landed during the beforehand morning hours. In ~ Juno Beach, Canadian pressures penetrate an ext than a mile inland, and capture vital bridges end the Seulles River.>

NBC News York: Don Goddard summarizes the occasions that are recognized so far. This summary includes the play of Communiqué #1. Native London, Ed Harker’s eyewitness account that the amphibious landing has to be terminated "because of negative signal." Don Goddard offers a time line of the events that have emerged so far and also quotes from a report sent out by Richard C. Hottelet Goddard comments that many of the invasion news has come indigenous German radio and also has no been official confirmed. He also quotes from basic Pershing’s statement exit in Washington previously that morning. From NBC Hollywood, Louie P. Lockner a listed European correspondent explains the German "Atlantic Wall" fortifications follow me the northern coast of France, i beg your pardon he had actually visited prior to the U.S. Entering the war. The remarks that, throughout history, any kind of military fortification can be taken if the attackers space willing to sacrifice the lives of its soldiers. The time of the attack apparently caught the Germans by surprise. The Allies’ formidable air support is contributing to the success of the invasion. From NBC Washington, Morgan Beatty comments that NBC has actually already provided about 5 hours worth of intrusion coverage. He climate discusses "the very first thousand yards," the most an essential part of any type of amphibious assault. He also describes the various phases of preparing for and also then transferring out one amphibious landing. Class learned from previous invasions are being placed to usage today. He is interrupted by a bulletin indigenous London: element Minister Churchill has actually informed the residence of Commons of the invasion. From NBC in brand-new York there is a summary of invasion news as well as war news from Italy, Russia, the Pacific, and also Washington, D.C. Robert St. John explains how news that the invasion was very first received in ~ NBC’s brand-new York newsroom via teletype in ~ 12:37 a.m. Return the initial invasion reports come from German radio and had not been officially confirmed, NBC broadcast its an initial news bulletin and also put that is "D-Day Plan" into effect by recalling its news room staff. Through the BBC broadcasts come Holland and also France, everyone began to doubt that the intrusion was actually taking place. The was just after three hours of waiting, that the invasion was officially confirmed by allied Headquarters in London. NBC reporters spanning the battle wear the uniform the U.S. Troops and also share many of their risks. Native Chicago, Alex Dryer (the last U.S. Reporter to leaving Germany in December, 1941 and also only hours prior to the Pearl harbor attack, briefly summarizes the war in Europe native 1940 come 1941. Now, the autumn of Paris appears imminent. In the proceeding months, NBC had perfected its arrangement for covering D-Day. NBC monitors are listening radio broadcasts from neutral and enemy nations for the recent news. H.V. Kaltenborn (introduced together "the dean the American news analysts") comment on Churchill’s remarks to the house of Commons once he first informed castle of the invasion and also said that, "Tactical surprise was attained." The intrusion came when German morale to be at a low suggest because that the autumn of Rome the ahead day. An announcer describes the NBC newsroom as "the crossroads of the news." In a live transfer from freedom Hall in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell is heard as it is rung by striking that 6 times. Robert St. Man reports that Moscow Radio has actually informed the Russian civilization of the invasion. Planning and preparing because that the invasion took 4 years. A brief biography that British basic Montgomery is given. Ike has actually promised "victory in 1944."

07:30 a.m. WEAF terminal identification. Dr. Norman Vicent Peale reads a prayer for the success the the "forces that freedom." Don Goddard summarizes "the facts together we recognize them for this reason far." Photo-reconnaissance reflects that beachheads have actually been established and also that allied troops are relocating inland. Special church services are gift held across the nation. Rabbi sheet reads a prayer because that the success the the invasion. From Washington, Morgan Beatty price quotes from Churchill’s remarks come the house of Commons. Preventing the German underwater obstacles if approaching the beaches had not been as daunting as expected. Beatty also tells of a young private in Britain that custom-fabricated a unique gun mount for the nose of a paris Fortress using pieces that scrap metal. This gun mount is currently in general use and also the private received the Legion the Merit because that his contribution. From mountain Francisco, Larry blacksmith tells exactly how news that the intrusion was received in san Francisco. From new York, father Shea reads a prayer for the success that the invasion.

8:00 a.m.

From London, numerous unsuccessful attempts room made through Edward R. Murrow to with Stanley Richardson, who was one eyewitness come the intrusion fleet pull close the coast of France. From brand-new York, Elmer Peterson reports that German radio has claimed that allied troops have landed on the channel archipelago of Jersey and Guernsey. 640 allied naval guns ranging in dimension from 4" to 16" in size help to cover the landings. Paris radio has reported the the fight is "gaining depth." In accordance with a pre-arranged plan, blood donors in England are reporting to provide blood to help meet the needs of the invasion. There is speculation regarding whether or not the Germans will launch some type of airborne counter-attack top top Britain. From brand-new York, Charles McCarthy provides a recap that what is well-known so far, adding that the beachheads have actually been secured. In a pool broadcast from the advanced Allied Command Post, Stanley Richardson gives an eyewitness account that naval task leading approximately the opened phase the the invasion. (The PT torpedo boat in which he was a passenger had to go back to England prior to the bombardment began.) Richardson transforms the microphone over to Merrill Muller, who reports that general Eisenhower spent component of the night of the intrusion visiting with airborne troops and also briefing reporters.

9:00 a.m.

From brand-new York, Don Goddard reads the prayer the President Roosevelt will broadcast come the country at 10:00 p.m. Paris radio has reported the "compact masses" the Allied planes are battle Calais, and that the invasion beachhead is expanding. Secretary of battle Stimpson has told reporters that the intrusion "is going really nicely." German radio is not offering the German human being with the same in-depth invasion news coverage that its international news service is reporting. Stalin sent out Churchill a blog post of congratulations top top the invasion. Indigenous London, David Anderson reports that midget submarines placed out the markers the guided the landing handmade in to the invasion beaches. Ed Haaker gives a first hand account of flying onboard a B-26 Marauder the bombed the intrusion beaches prior to the amphibious landings. In a tape-recorded report native Rome, Ralph Howard tells how news the the intrusion was got there. H.V. Kaltenborn summarizes what is known about the intrusion so far. Hefty fighting is walk on roughly the city the Caen. Native Washington, Richard Harkness defines the attitude inside the nation’s capital as "confident." military Chief of staff George Marshall had actually been a guest in ~ the Russian Embassy the vault evening, however had left early. At your request, NBC contacted a variety of prominent figures in Washington to notify them that news of the invasion had actually been received. In other Washington News, the army has intimidated to seize regulate of Montgomery-Ward. From new York, Robert St. John estimates from the latest German news bulletins picked up in London. Allied observation planes report the landings on the invasion beaches are now being made v no opposition. Paris Radio has actually reported that the Allies’ primary objective seems to it is in the catch of the harbor of Cherbourg.

9:32 a.m. Don Goddard announces the it has been precisely six hours because official check of the intrusion was received from Eisenhower’s headquarters. Because that time, NBC has been providing uninterrupted news coverage with no commercial announcements. NBC reporters space covering every possible phase of the operation. The NBC Orchestra offers an interlude of famous music that a martial nature. H.V.Kaltenborn interrupts through an notice monitored indigenous Radio Berlin the Allied bridgeheads have actually been established and also that tank battles room taking place. The music interlude is resumed. From new York, Elmer Peterson passes along a German bulletin that admits the the intrusion is "a big scale operation" and that paratroopers have been reduce behind German currently on the Cherbourg peninsula. Peterson comments that the French secret is probably helping the paratroopers to disrupt German military communications. Currently that beachheads have actually been secured, assistance units deserve to start moving across the English Channel. Peterson reminds listeners that most of the invasion news has come from the Germans, because Allied leaders space being cautious about releasing information. Added news might additionally come indigenous neutral countries. Number of Sousa marches space played by the NBC Orchestra.

10:00 a.m.

Nancy Osgood reads a post from basic Eisenhower’s wife and also then interviews the wives of key military figures: Admiral Stark, general Spaatz, Admiral Kirk and General Doolittle. Don Goddard reports on just how various cities about the people reacted come news the the invasion. H.V. Kaltenborn comments the the Allies have regulate of the sea and the air and also that the invasion, follow to Winston Churchill, "is going follow to plan, and what a plan." The Germans to be obviously surprised that the invasion developed at the widest point of the English Channel wherein they least expected it. As a result, the beaches there were no as greatly fortified. As soon as the Allies get manage of the airfields in France, they can use them to launch wait attacks against the Germans. Airfields could additionally be built on the Channel Islands. Midget submarines were amongst the "secret weapons" supplied in the invasion. Class learned indigenous previous invasions were put to great use. In Washington, president Roosevelt has actually summoned the U.S. Military’s high command to the White house for a conference. There space still countless men and supplies being hosted in to make reservation in England to use against the Germans.

11:15 a.m. NBC resumes its routinely schedule programming through Tommy Taylor Sings, i m sorry is instantly interrupted to educate listeners the programs will certainly be interrupted v the recent bulletins together they space received. Tommy Taylor Sings is rejoined in progress. H.V. Kaltenborn interrupts come announce the a basic Russian offensive along the eastern Front deserve to be intended within 48 hours. The Germans have currently launched a preemptive counter-offensive there. Tommy Taylor Sings is rejoined in progress.

11:30 a.m. Elmer Peterson price quotes from the U.S. Armed Forces newspaper Stars & Stripesthat the Germans fear extr landings. prior to the begin of amphibious landings, 50,000 tons of bombs were dropped top top German fortifications in the invasion area. Berlin radio has admitted the Allied tanks have actually already progressed inland numerous miles. The Russian civilization were elated once told that the invasion. Now that a 2nd front has actually been established, a new Russian attack is intended shortly. A German counter-attack is not intended for a week. General de Gaulle has actually arrived in England and also will speak to the world of France via radio. General Eisenhower’s radio post to the people of western Europe is replayed. Don Reed and the NBC Orchestra room heard in a regime of renowned music. A prayer is check out by a Mr. Davidson.

12:00 p.m. From new York, Don Goddard reports that the Allies appear to be expanding their beachhead. Swedish radio has reported the the intrusion took ar at 12 points. Observation planes flying end the invasion area report that troops are "beyond the initial danger zone." Casualties space reported as relatively light. some German fighter planes have actually started to appear. It has actually been reported that Hitler is rushing to France come take charge of the German counter-offensive. German troops in Italy space "bewildered" through news the the invasion. From London, W.W. Chaplain reports on the an initial SHAEF press conference, whereby it was revealed that the invasion had actually originally been booked for June 5th, yet had to delay 24 hours because of the weather. News Behind the News through Cesar Saerchinger: German opposition was much less than expected. A time line of vital war-related events that have occurred since Peal harbor is given. A false notice of the invasion went the end last Saturday top top the anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation. SHAEF has actually still no been certain as to wherein along the French coastline the invasion has occurred. The Norwegian underground has actually been told come wait because that orders. There room still questions around the function being play in the invasion by the French underground and also by basic de Gaulle.

12:30 p.m. from the Senate collection in Washington, Morgan Beatty interviews Senators Clark, Barkley, White and also Hill, and also Congresswoman Claire Booth Luce. SHAEF has actually reported that the troops that went ashore in France room "over the first five or 6 hurtles." German wait Marshal Hermann Goering has said that, "This intrusion must be fought off, even if it method the fatality of the Luftwaffe." In brand-new York, Don Goddard reports the Churchill has showed up before the house of Commons a 2nd time and has told them that Allied troops are now several mile inland. German field Marshal Rommel is believed to be in command of the German pressures in Normandy.

1:00 p.m.

Reports are heard indigenous Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Hollywood and also San Francisco on exactly how news that the invasion was received locally. Don Goddard tells how new York City reaction to news the the invasion. New York racetracks will be closed today. H.V. Kaltenborn estimates from the Stars & Stripes that 50,000 paratroopers to be landed in France. The best resource for intrusion news so much has been the Germans. When leaving the White residence after meeting with President Roosevelt, chief of naval Operations Admiral King claimed that, "The intrusion is act all right so far." military analyst Lt. Col. James Stevenson provides some insightful comments on the situation: the Allies must gain control of French docks and also harbors in stimulate to bring in essential supplies. The French terrain will hinder the Germans once they begin to fall back. A rapid move in the direction of Paris might be created its mental effect. A transcription of Merrill Muller’s report top top how basic Eisenhower spent the eve of the invasion is replayed. Communiqué #1 is replayed. Tommy continue Sings with Irving miller & and his orchestra.

1:30 p.m. WEAF terminal ID. Don Hollenbeck (who had covered the Italian landings) defines the two crucial lessons learned from previous amphibious landings: 1) Air support is essential to safeguard the troops from enemy planes, and also 2) Sea strength (battleships) are necessary to bombard foe artillery positions. After ~ a failed attempt to with London, Hollenbeck comments on Churchill’s 2nd statement come the residence of Commons (which arisen after Churchill and also King George had visited Eisenhower at his headquarters.) Hollenbeck reads a report he originally broadcast indigenous London a year back today, during which he had predicted the the invasion of Europe would be a success because "now we are ready." native London, the speech basic Montgomery broadcast to the invasion troops is played. Don Hollenbeck mentions Joan Ellis, the british teletype operator who had sent the end a false report the invasion the vault Saturday. Native Washington, Morgan Beatty reports that Eisenhower’s headquarters is mirroring "a atmosphere of optimism." Beatty discusses why the invasion caught the Germans by surprise. Return they had actually been expecting it, they had actually no way of understanding where the intrusion would occur and also when it would certainly occur. The German coastal defenses in the area of Normandy were not as strong as at other points follow me the French coast. Beatty interviews two army officers who were in England to watch the training of the U.S. Troops that participated in the invasion. Initial training took place in the U.S., followed by extremely realistic cultivate in England. The officers also explain exactly how concrete fortifications are ruined prior to the troops landing. The main German counter-attack will certainly not take place for at the very least a week and until castle are specific of the Allies’ objectives. Because of vault landings in Africa, Sicily and Italy, our troops have actually the many experience in do amphibious landings. Beatty speak of a brothers girl who shed both eight in the Blitz and also who is currently working together a call operator. He also says that the Pittsburgh Symphony has actually hired 16 women musicians to change men referred to as up for service. He tells of a young young who elevated money come buy model plane kits to send come wounded soldiers. He additionally tells of a woman who was eliminated in one explosion if conducting vital experiments for the office of Standards. Those experiments are now contributing come the battle effort.

2: 00 p.m. Elmer Peterson recounts major events leading as much as the invasion, beginning with Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, once France and also Britain were unprepared. News the the invasion is tied to impact the German people, that still have memories of losing human being War I. Lock will desire Germany come surrender before Allies troops space on German soil and German cities room destroyed. There is still no accord amongst the Allies top top when and how to accept Germany’s surrender. German radio has just announced brand-new Allied landings.

2:15 p.m. Piano fill complied with by a replaying the Stanley Richardson’s eyewitness account of the seeing the intrusion armada turn off the coastline of Normandy prior to the begin of the bombardment. From new York, Don Goddard reads the latest news bulletins. Only 50 German planes have been sighted so far. It is announced the NBC has cleared its consistent schedule of program in stimulate to bring the latest intrusion news together it is received.

2:30 p.m. Time check and also station identification: WEAF, brand-new York. Archbishop Spellman of brand-new York it is provided a prayer. Organ music. H.V. Kaltenborn announced the bulldozers room being offered to construct airfields ideal on the intrusion beaches.

2:45 p.m. A time examine from London announces that it is 8:45 p.m. An attempt to call Merrill Mueller is unsuccessful. H.V. Kaltenborn offers some German radio reports that explain one of the ally beachheads as being "16 ½ miles broad by numerous miles inland." manage of the Normandy Peninsula appears to it is in the Allies’ objective. The Germans had not expected an attack at that point. So far, just the first invasion wave has actually landed. Added waves will follow. Normandy might only it is in a minor invasion with additional and bigger landings yet to come. Together was the instance in Italy, harbors ruined by the retreating Germans will certainly be rebuilt quickly. Several vital bridges have actually been captured before the Germans might destroy them. After one more attempt to contact Merrill Mueller in London is unsuccessful, Kaltenborn defines the scene in the NBC newsroom, v the engineers attempting to monitor and then move to broadcasts native London.

3:00 p.m.

Although it had actually been announced earlier that King George VI’s radio deal with to the British people would be heard in ~ 3:00 p.m. EWT, NBC does no air it. Don Goddard provides a brief review of national and also international news. This is complied with by a medley of marches. Bishop Manning of brand-new York leads a prayer. French radio has actually reported the the allied beachhead has widened and that more troops are "pouring in." native London, BBC reporter john McGinn gives an eyewitness account of paris onboard one of the aircraft the towed a glider come the intrusion area. BBC reporter Howard Marshall defines riding in come the invasion beach top top a "command barge" in rough seas and while under fire. Just as that is telling how the barge was damaged through a mine, his report is reduced short. In brand-new York, Don Goddard explains that radio news reports room subject to censorship. It has been learned the the Germans have actually told French citizens living in the area the the intrusion that they space not enabled to leaving the area and must stay indoors after dark under punish of gift shot.

At this point, a 30-minute gap, extending from 3:30 p.m. Come 4:00 p.m., is missing from surviving recordings of NBC’s transfer day for June 6, 1944

4:00 p.m. .

Dr. Barnes reads a prayer all set by the Archbishop that Canterbury. There is a conversation of NBC’s international short-wave business to Europe, i m sorry broadcasts in 8 languages. Eisenhower’s radio address to the civilization of western Europe is given in 8 languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, German, and English. NBC monitors in mountain Francisco report the Tokyo Radio has actually left the waiting suddenly. The clandestine anti-Nazi radio terminal Radio Atlantic (with a transmitter reportedly inside Germany) has reported the a an enig message has actually been sent to that guards at German servant labor framework using foreign workers to it is in on the alarm for tools being dropped to these employees by air. From London, command Anthony Kimmons the the royal Navy, that was an main observer that the landings, describes the embarkation that the invasion fleet indigenous England, the bombardment of the French coast, mine sweepers remove the mines, the blowing increase of underwater obstructions, attack craft unloading ~ above the beach, supplies being moved in, etc. Native Washington, the Netherlands’ Ambassador to the United states speaks to the American people. Cesar Saerchinger announces the SHAEF will be issuing Communiqué #2 in ~ 5:30 p.m. He also describes the necessary French cities situated in the area wherein the intrusion is taking place.

4:30 p.m. Station identification: WEAS, new York. Don Hollenbeck estimates from a German broadcast that reports allied troops "pouring ashore." The Germans also say the "war painted American Indians" were among the ally airborne forces that landing in France. Indigenous the White House, Morgan Beatty discusses president Roosevelt’s press conference where he claimed that the invasion was "up come schedule" and also that news native the front is "favorable." The invasion date was figured out by the fact that June is the time for "small boat weather" in the English Channel. The President additionally warned against over confidence. Don Hollenbeck gives a an overview of the latest news. Don Goddard reads "at dictation speed" the prayer that President Roosevelt will supply nationwide in ~ 10:00 p.m. The evening. German radio has announced that "compact masses" of Allied plane bombed Calais and also Allied paratroopers have likewise landed there. German troops in Denmark are reported to it is in on "invasion alert."

5:00 p.m.

A prayer is review by Dr. Horton. A second communiqué from basic Eisenhower’s headquarters is early out soon. The NBC Orchestra performs two movements from Saint-Saens’ Suite Algerienne. Indigenous Washington, Morgan Beatty provides a quick recap what was questioned at president Roosevelt’s push conference. The President stayed up every night behind blackout curtains to follow the progression of the invasion via reports sent out to that by Eisenhower’s headquarters. Couple of people knew of the time of D-Day, which had been collection for might or beforehand June. From Hollywood, Lewis Lockner offers an analysis of reports the Hitler has actually moved his headquarters come France and also that the is taking charge of German efforts to push earlier the invasion. Lockner interprets this as a sign that the German High Command knows that the battle is lost and also wants Hitler to show up to it is in the scapegoat for German defeat. NBC new York reports that four U.S. Heavy bombers space missing. German Radio was off the air for 48 minutes. A new cabinet is to formed in Italy. Tokyo organized an emergency air raid drill today.

5:30 p.m. Listeners are told to stand by for crucial bulletin indigenous London. That is announced the a transcription of Stanley Richard’s eyewitness account the the invasion is to be replayed. Rather Eisenhower’s radio attend to to the human being of west Europe is replayed. Elmer Peterson defines that main communiqués are worded very carefully. Many of the news so much has come indigenous German radio. This invasion could not it is in the key thrust. It has actually been reported the Prime Minister Churchill will be offering the house of Commons day-to-day updates top top the invasion. The NBC Orchestra gives a musical interlude that consists of a medley of polite War-era songs and Dvorak’s Carnival Overture. Don Hollenbeck reports the the two German leaders in France areField-Marshal von Rundstedt and Field-Marshal Rommel. German radio has actually reported raised Allied task at Calais and also Dunkirk.


Rommel had actually predicted that if the Allied intrusion wasn’t defeated on the beaches within the first 24 hours, a strategic advantage would be acquired that would change the result of the war. In the days complying with June 6th, 10s of thousands of added Allied soldiers flooded right into Normandy together with seemingly endless quantities the tanks, trucks, jeeps, aircraft, ammunition, food, medical supplies, communications equipment, gasoline, and also other materiel necessary to fight a war. Cherbourg fell to American troops top top June 27th, providing a deepwater port that increased the Allies’ capacity for landing even an ext troops and equipment in France. Paris was liberated on august 25th. Less than a year later, top top April 30, 1945, with Germany’s major cities in ruins and also the Allies closing in on his Berlin bunker, Hitler cursed suicide. Germany surrendered unconditionally on may 7th and also all hostilities in Europe officially concerned an finish on might 9th.

The finish NBC June 6, 1944 broadcast day (available inexpensively in the MP3 format) provides a distinctive opportunity to relive one of the most profound occasions of the 20th Century together it was taking place. Some 70 year after lock aired, the news reports, commentaries, and eye witness account still have the strength to convey a sense of the here and also now, when providing many fine instances of radio news report at that finest. Even if it is you’re a armed forces buff, a pan of "golden age" radio, or just curious around how a major event to be covered earlier before television and 24/7 cable news, the NBC June 6, 1944 transfer day will carry out a listening suffer that is together memorable as anything girlfriend are ever likely to encounter on radio.

Additional Reading

Those interested in learning an ext about the background of D-Day need to read Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic battle of human being War II, which provides one that the ideal over-all accounts of "the Longest Day."

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Eric Beheim is a life-long radio enthusiast. A previous commanding officer that a navy Reserve Combat Camera unit based in san Diego.

Eric Beheim leads a multi-faceted career as a free-lance writer, expert musician, and owner that his own music and also sound project studio.

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Born in the an initial wave of "baby boomers" he flourished up with radio and also remains a life-long radio enthusiast. His details interests room collecting news and also commentary program from the so late 1930s and also early 1940s (including civilization War II news), and also programs that feature performances that operettas and also musical theatre presentations.