June 6, 2014 will note the 70th Anniversary that D-Day, the huge landing the 175,000 allied combat troops along the northern shore of France, which significant the beginning of the finish of human being War II in Europe.

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In period before television and 24/7 cable news, it was radio that provided the American public (and the world) through up-to-the-minute coverage that the events that developed on that fateful day.

The following is a summary of what to be reported end the NBC radio network when D-Day was unfolding in France. Bracketed annotations have actually been consisted of to carry out a far better understanding the what was ensuing on the intrusion beaches as these programs were going out over the air, and also to help clarify and also expand top top what was being discussed. (Please note: all times will certainly be offered in Eastern war Time which was 6 hours behind the time on the intrusion beaches.)


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12:37 a.m. sent via teletype to the news rooms the the significant radio networks. Although this report is unverified, NBC put its "D-Day Plan" into effect by recalling its newsroom staff.>

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At roughly 2:00 a.m., NBC interrupts its frequently scheduled regimen with a bulletin saying that German radio is reporting that the D-Day invasion of Europe has started with Allied convoy landings along the northern shore of France. NBC proceeds to interrupt its programs with added updates ~ above what German radio is reporting: the the French port of La Havre is gift shelling, that airborne troops have actually landed near the mouth that Seine River, and that German navy craft are battling allied landing craft off the northern coastline of France. NBC’s bulletins emphasize that these space German reports and that there has actually been no official confirmation the the invasion has actually begun. The war Department has declared that it has no information on the reports being transfer by German radio. Native Washington, Richard Harkness comments the the German broadcasts can be (1) attempts to fish for information, (2) reporting among the feints, dress rehearsals or false rumors that British element Minister Winston Churchill stated would proceed the actual invasion, or (3) report the really invasion. Elmer Davis, the head the the Office of War info (OWI) has actually told reporters that, "We have actually no more information 보다 you do." It has actually been learned that the BBC had actually broadcast a warning come the human being of Holland to leave the coastal regions and also 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 however still unconfirmed event." native London come a bulletin that Londoners to be awakened in the beforehand morning hours by the largest trip of aircraft ever before to take to the air. From brand-new York, Robert St. Man comments that, for weeks, the French underground had actually been warned to was standing by because that the invasion. A large armada of ally ships had actually been collection in british ports, and huge amounts of equipment had to be stockpiled in southerly England. An announcement is made that the NBC Network, which generally closes at 3:00 a.m. EWT, will certainly remain open throughout the night, providing the latest intrusion news bulletins to its 146 affiliated stations.

3:00 a.m.

It has been learned the the BBC broadcast a warning to the civilization of France that "a new phase" in the wait offensive has actually begun, and that world living along the shore should move inland, keeping away native roads, bridges and also railroads. Paris radio has actually been silent about the invasion. German radio has reported hefty fighting on the Normandy peninsula. Robert St. John comments that, "we can be approaching a fateful hour."

3:32 a.m. NBC switches come the can be fried Headquarters of the allied Expeditionary pressure (SHAEF) in London because that the reading of Communiqué #1, a brief statement confirming that, under the command of basic Eisenhower, Allied marine forces, supported by solid air forces, began landing Allied armies this morning ~ above the northern shore of France. Robert St. Man comments that this is the intrusion of Hitler’s Europe -- the europe front – and that casualties may reach a tragic toll. Army leaders have actually promised win in Europein 1944. Airpower paved the way. Via shortwave native London, Edward R. Murrow reads general Eisenhower’s stimulate of the Day that was review to every Allied troops prior to the invasion began. H.V. Kaltenborn comment on Communiqué #1 and on Eisenhower’s stimulate of the day. The is cut quick for the analysis of a report, composed by Herbert Clark onboard among the allied flagships before the armada gaining underway because that the invasion coastline the night before. Clark comments the he no much longer finds "tight security" one inconvenience since it assisted to protect the armada before it gained underway. Robert St. Man reports that British basic Montgomery is in command of the Allied military assault group, i m sorry is thought to be consisted of of nearly 70% American troops.

3:45 a.m. London via shortwave (with static): Eisenhower addresses the people of west Europe to notify them that the invasion. The is announced the basic Charles de Gaulle has landed in England and also will do a radio address to France later in the day. King Haakon VII of Norway offers a radio attend to in Norwegian come the human being of Norway (followed by an English translation.) Communiqué #1 is re-read. Premier Gerbandy the the Netherlands speak in netherlands (followed by an English translation.) Premier Pierdot the Belgium speak to the civilization of Belgium. This is interrupted through a bulletin choose up from German radio announcing that fighting is ensuing 10 mile inland indigenous the invasion beaches. bright Bryant (doing a pool report for the merged Allied Networks) defines riding onboard one of the deliver planes that yielded airborne troops come France. This is followed by the play of the national Anthem.

4:00 a.m.

Station identification: WEAF, brand-new York. H.V. Kaltenborn comments on the German announcement the fighting is walk on 10 mile inland, and also on bright Bryant’s report. From London, john Vandercook, provides a stirring account of the facts that are well-known so far. Indigenous the Pentagon, a blog post from general Pershing is read. One unidentified commentator defines how news the the invasion was first released come those reporters within the Pentagon. Native NBC Washington, Richard Harkness summarizes the information around the intrusion that has actually just to be released through the war Department.

4:45 a.m. (approximately): native London, a reporter that flew onboard a B-26 Marauder aircraft throughout the pre-invasion bombing provides one eyewitness account that what that saw: numerous Allied plane in the air; parachutes in the fields where airborne troops had landed throughout the night; German tanks moving up roadways towards the beach front; and the battle of the landing beaches. Robert St. John repeats German radio bulletins reporting that heavy fighting is going on 10 mile inland. German radio has additionally reported that, during the night, dummy parachutists were dropped by the Allies to reason confusion. Indigenous Washington, Richard Harkness summarizes the main report simply issued through the battle Department and which defines how the intrusion operation was lugged out. By the 2nd day, ar kitchens will be in operation and Allied troops in France will have hot meals. Return German radio had the an initial news of the invasion, the only reliable resource for details is allied headquarters. President Roosevelt, who undoubtedly knew the the invasion was going to take place, retired at an early stage last night. Morgan Beatty: a German counter-attack is meant within 72 hours. The invasion area is ideally suited because that naval support. Richard Harkness interviews an main from the French federal government in exile He tells of what that was favor in France under German occupation in the year leading approximately the invasion. The French underground will certainly be helping the Allies. Native London, David Anderson that was in ~ a imperial Air pressure base before the start of the invasion, defines RAF planes acquisition off for France before the paratroopers leaving. Allied planes have now been repainted through blue and white stripes so that Allied pearls can conveniently identify them. Midget submarines were provided to note the ideologies to the invasion beaches. H.V. Kaltenborn summarizes events of the last 3 hours. (During this summary, Communiqué #1 is replayed.) The NBC Orchestra theatre The Stars and Stripes Forever.

5:30 a.m. WEAF terminal identification. Robert St. John: monitoring planes returning from France report the the intrusion beaches are alive v Allied troops. There is little movement on the roads and also no German plane were observed. German radio has reported that numerous German airfields have actually been destroyed. From Washington, Richard Harkness describes in some information the pre-invasion diplomacy the took place between Roosevelt, Churchill and also Stalin regarding when the Allies would attack Western Europe to create a "second front" that would attract German troops away from Russia. Stalin had wanted a second front as at an early stage as 1942, but Churchill had actually held out for 1944, till after Africa and Italy had been invaded and an adequate variety of troops had been trained and assembled in England, together with the necessary equipment needed for the "largest amphibious attack the world has ever before seen." Stalin to be told so late in 1943 the Eisenhower would lead the invasion. There has been no covenant with Russia on how post-war Germany will certainly be dealt with.

6:00 a.m. <At Omaha Beach, American pressures move inland and assault the town of Coleville. In ~ Utah Beach, U.S. Troops move off the beach and link up with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, who had landed during the early morning hours. At Juno Beach, Canadian pressures penetrate more than a mile inland, and capture key bridges end the Seulles River.>

NBC News York: Don Goddard summarizes the occasions that are recognized so far. This an overview includes the playing of Communiqué #1. Native London, Ed Harker’s eyewitness account the the amphibious landing has to be terminated "because of bad signal." Don Goddard gives a time heat of the events that have arisen so far and also quotes native a report sent by Richard C. Hottelet Goddard comment that most of the intrusion news has actually come native German radio and has no been official confirmed. He additionally quotes from basic Pershing’s statement released in Washington earlier that morning. Native NBC Hollywood, Louie P. Lockner a listed European correspondent describes the German "Atlantic Wall" fortifications follow me the northern coast of France, i beg your pardon he had actually visited before the U.S. Beginning the war. He remarks that, transparent history, any military fortification deserve to be taken if the attackers are willing to sacrifice the stays of its soldiers. The time of the strike apparently captured the Germans through surprise. The Allies’ formidable air assistance is contributing to the success that the invasion. Indigenous NBC Washington, Morgan Beatty comments the NBC has already listed about 5 hours worth of invasion coverage. He then discusses "the an initial thousand yards," the most crucial part of any amphibious assault. He also describes the assorted phases of prepare for and also then transferring out an amphibious landing. Class learned indigenous previous intrusions are being put to use today. That is interrupted by a bulletin native London: element Minister Churchill has actually informed the residence of Commons that the invasion. Native NBC in brand-new York over there is a an overview of intrusion news as well as war news native Italy, Russia, the Pacific, and Washington, D.C. Robert St. John explains how news of the intrusion was an initial received at NBC’s new York newsroom via teletype in ~ 12:37 a.m. Return the initial invasion reports came from German radio and also had no been officially confirmed, NBC broadcast its an initial news bulletin and also put the "D-Day Plan" into effect by recalling that news room staff. Through the BBC broadcasts to Holland and also France, everyone started to suspect that the intrusion was actually acquisition place. It was only after three hours of waiting, that the invasion was officially evidenced by allied Headquarters in London. NBC reporters extending the war wear the uniform the U.S. Troops and also share numerous of your risks. From Chicago, Alex Dryer (the critical U.S. Reporter to leave Germany in December, 1941 and also only hours before the Pearl harbor attack, briefly summarizes the battle in Europe from 1940 to 1941. Now, the loss of Paris appears imminent. In the proceeding months, NBC had perfected its plan for extending D-Day. NBC monitors space listening radio broadcasts native neutral and enemy nations for the latest news. H.V. Kaltenborn (introduced together "the dean of American news analysts") comment on Churchill’s remarks come the house of Commons once he an initial informed lock of the invasion and said that, "Tactical surprise was attained." The intrusion came as soon as German morale to be at a low suggest because the the fall of Rome the vault day. One announcer defines the NBC newsroom as "the crossroads that the news." In a live broadcast from self-reliance Hall in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell is heard together it is rung by striking the 6 times. Robert St. John reports the Moscow Radio has actually informed the Russian human being of the invasion. Planning and also preparing for the intrusion took 4 years. A brief biography of British basic Montgomery is given. Ike has promised "victory in 1944."

07:30 a.m. WEAF station identification. Dr. Norman Vicent Peale reads a prayer because that the success the the "forces the freedom." Don Goddard summarizes "the facts as we understand them therefore far." Photo-reconnaissance mirrors that beachheads have actually been established and that allied troops are moving inland. Unique church solutions are gift held across the nation. Rabbi leaf reads a prayer for the success the the invasion. Indigenous Washington, Morgan Beatty price quotes from Churchill’s remarks come the house of Commons. Staying clear of the German underwater obstacles while approaching the beaches had not to be as complicated as expected. Beatty likewise tells the a young exclusive in Britain that custom-fabricated a unique gun mount because that the sleep of a flying Fortress utilizing pieces the scrap metal. This gun mountain is now in general use and also the private received the Legion of Merit because that his contribution. From san Francisco, Larry blacksmith tells exactly how news the the invasion was obtained in mountain Francisco. From brand-new York, dad Shea reads a prayer because that the success the the invasion.

8:00 a.m.

From London, numerous unsuccessful attempts space made through Edward R. Murrow to with Stanley Richardson, that was an eyewitness come the invasion fleet draw close the shore of France. From new York, Elmer Peterson reports that German radio has claimed that allied troops have actually landed top top the channel islands of Jersey and Guernsey. 640 allied naval weapons ranging in size from 4" to 16" in size aid to covering the landings. Paris radio has actually reported the the battle is "gaining depth." In accordance with a pre-arranged plan, blood donors in England room reporting to give blood to assist meet the needs of the invasion. Over there is speculation regarding whether or not the Germans will launch some sort of airborne counter-attack on Britain. From new York, Charles McCarthy gives a recap the what is known so far, including that the beachheads have been secured. In a pool broadcast native the advanced Allied Command Post, Stanley Richardson provides an eyewitness account that naval task leading approximately the opened phase the the invasion. (The PT torpedo watercraft in i m sorry he to be a passenger had to go back to England before the bombardment began.) Richardson transforms the microphone end to Merrill Muller, that reports that basic Eisenhower spent component of the night of the invasion visiting v airborne troops and briefing reporters.

9:00 a.m.

From brand-new York, Don Goddard reads the prayer that President Roosevelt will broadcast to the country at 10:00 p.m. Paris radio has reported the "compact masses" of Allied planes are bombing Calais, and also that the intrusion beachhead is expanding. Secretary of battle Stimpson has told reporters that the invasion "is going an extremely nicely." German radio is not providing the German world with the same detailed invasion news coverage the its international news company is reporting. Stalin sent Churchill a message of congratulations on the invasion. Indigenous London, David Anderson reports that midget submarines put out the markers that guided the landing handmade in come the intrusion beaches. Ed Haaker gives a an initial hand account of paris onboard a B-26 Marauder that bombed the intrusion beaches prior to the amphibious landings. In a tape-recorded report from Rome, Ralph Howard tells how news of the invasion was obtained there. H.V. Kaltenborn summarizes what is known around the intrusion so far. Heavy fighting is going on approximately the city that Caen. From Washington, Richard Harkness defines the perspective inside the nation’s capital as "confident." military Chief of employee George Marshall had actually been a guest in ~ the Russian Embassy the previous evening, however had left early. At your request, NBC contacted a number of prominent numbers in Washington to inform them the news of the invasion had actually been received. In various other Washington News, the military has endangered to seize control of Montgomery-Ward. From brand-new York, Robert St. John estimates from the latest German news bulletins choose up in London. Allied observation planes report that landings ~ above the invasion beaches are currently being made v no opposition. Paris Radio has reported the 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 exactly six hours since official confirmation of the intrusion was obtained from Eisenhower’s headquarters. Since that time, NBC has been offering uninterrupted news coverage v no advertising announcements. NBC reporters space covering every possible phase of the operation. The NBC Orchestra provides an interlude of famous music the a martial nature. H.V.Kaltenborn interrupts v an announcement monitored indigenous Radio Berlin the Allied bridgeheads have been established and that tank battles room taking place. The musical interlude is resumed. From brand-new York, Elmer Peterson passes follow me a German bulletin the admits the the invasion is "a huge scale operation" and also that paratroopers have actually been reduce behind German currently on the Cherbourg peninsula. Peterson comments the the French underground is more than likely helping the paratroopers come disrupt German military communications. Now that beachheads have actually been secured, support units have the right to start moving across the English Channel. Peterson reminds listeners that most of the intrusion news has come indigenous the Germans, due to the fact that Allied leaders room being cautious around releasing information. Added news might also come indigenous neutral countries. Several Sousa marches room played by the NBC Orchestra.

10:00 a.m.

Nancy Osgood reads a article from general Eisenhower’s wife and then interviews the wives of an essential military figures: Admiral Stark, general Spaatz, Admiral Kirk and also General Doolittle. Don Goddard reports on how various cities about the people reacted come news of the invasion. H.V. Kaltenborn comments that the Allies have regulate of the sea and also the air and also that the invasion, follow to Winston Churchill, "is going according to plan, and what a plan." The Germans to be obviously surprised the the invasion arisen at the widest allude of the English Channel where they least expected it. As a result, the beaches over there were not as heavily fortified. When the Allies get manage of the airfields in France, they can use them come launch waiting attacks against the Germans. Airfields could additionally be built on the Channel Islands. Midget submarines were among the "secret weapons" used in the invasion. Lessons learned indigenous previous intrusions were put to great use. In Washington, president Roosevelt has actually summoned the U.S. Military’s high command to the White residence for a conference. There space still numerous men and supplies being hosted in make reservation in England come use versus the Germans.

11:15 a.m. NBC resumes its regularly schedule programming through Tommy Taylor Sings, i beg your pardon is immediately interrupted to educate listeners that programs will certainly be interrupted through the latest bulletins together they are received. Tommy Taylor Sings is rejoined in progress. H.V. Kaltenborn interrupts to announce the a general Russian offensive along the eastern Front deserve to be expected 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 estimates from the U.S. Equipped Forces newspaper Stars & Stripesthat the Germans fear extr landings. before the begin of amphibious landings, 50,000 tons of bombs to be dropped top top German fortifications in the intrusion area. Berlin radio has actually admitted that Allied tanks have already advanced inland numerous miles. The Russian world were elated when told of the invasion. Currently that a second front has actually been established, a brand-new Russian offensive is expected shortly. A German counter-attack is not expected for a week. Basic de Gaulle has arrived in England and will speak to the world of France via radio. General Eisenhower’s radio article to the civilization of western Europe is replayed. Don Reed and the NBC Orchestra room heard in a regimen of famous music. A prayer is read by a Mr. Davidson.

12:00 p.m. From brand-new York, Don Goddard reports the the Allies appear to be expanding their beachhead. Sweden radio has reported the the invasion took place at 12 points. Observation planes flying over the invasion area report the troops are "beyond the initial risk zone." Casualties space reported as reasonably light. part German fighter planes have started to appear. It has actually been reported that Hitler is rushing to France to take charge of the German counter-offensive. German troops in Italy are "bewildered" through news of the invasion. Indigenous London, W.W. Chaplain reports on the an initial SHAEF push 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 with Cesar Saerchinger: German the opposite was much less than expected. A time line of crucial war-related events that have emerged since Peal port is given. A false announcement of the invasion went out last Saturday top top the anniversary the the Dunkirk evacuation. SHAEF has still not been specific as to wherein along the French coast the invasion has actually occurred. The Norwegian underground has actually been told come wait because that orders. There room still questions about the function being played in the invasion by the French underground and by general de Gaulle.

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

1:00 p.m.

Reports space heard native Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Hollywood and also San Francisco on exactly how news of the invasion was received locally. Don Goddard speak how new York City reaction to news that the invasion. Brand-new York racetracks will certainly be closed today. H.V. Kaltenborn price quotes from the Stars & Stripes the 50,000 paratroopers were landed in France. The best source for invasion news so far has to be the Germans. As soon as leaving the White house after meeting through President Roosevelt, cook of naval Operations Admiral King said that, "The invasion is law all ideal so far." military analyst Lt. Col. James Stevenson gives some insightful comment on the situation: the Allies must gain regulate of French docks and harbors in bespeak to bring in necessary supplies. The French terrain will certainly hinder the Germans once they start to loss back. A quick move in the direction of Paris might be created its psychological effect. A warrior of Merrill Muller’s report ~ above how general Eisenhower spent the eve of the invasion is replayed. Communiqué #1 is replayed. Tommy tailor Sings through Irving fearbut & and his orchestra.

1:30 p.m. WEAF terminal ID. Don Hollenbeck (who had covered the Italian landings) defines the two vital lessons learned from previous amphibious landings: 1) Air support is needed to safeguard the troops from opponent planes, and also 2) Sea strength (battleships) are needed to bombard opponent artillery positions. ~ a failed attempt to with London, Hollenbeck comments on Churchill’s 2nd statement come the residence of Commons (which occurred after Churchill and King George had actually visited Eisenhower at his headquarters.) Hollenbeck reads a report he originally broadcast from London a year ago today, throughout which he had predicted that the invasion of Europe would be a success since "now we are ready." from London, the speech general Montgomery transfer to the invasion troops is played. Don Hollenbeck mentions Joan Ellis, the brother teletype operator who had actually sent the end a false report the intrusion the previous Saturday. Indigenous Washington, Morgan Beatty reports that Eisenhower’s headquarters is showing "a the atmosphere of optimism." Beatty discusses why the invasion captured the Germans through surprise. Back they had been expecting it, they had no means of understanding where the invasion would occur and also when it would certainly occur. The German seaside defenses in the area the Normandy were not as solid as at various other points follow me the French coast. Beatty interviews two military officers who were in England to observe the cultivate of the U.S. Troops the participated in the invasion. Initial cultivate took location in the U.S., adhered to by extremely realistic training in England. The officers likewise explain how concrete fortifications are destroyed prior come the troops landing. The key German counter-attack will certainly not occur for at the very least a week and until castle are specific of the Allies’ objectives. Since of previous landings in Africa, Sicily and also Italy, our troops have the many experience in make amphibious landings. Beatty tells of a brothers girl who lost both eight in the Blitz and also who is now working together a telephone operator. He also says the the Pittsburgh Symphony has hired 16 ladies musicians to replace men called up for service. He tells of a young boy who elevated money come buy model aircraft kits to send come wounded soldiers. He also tells that a woman who was killed in an explosion when conducting essential experiments for the office of Standards. Those experiments are now contributing to the war effort.

2: 00 p.m. Elmer Peterson recounts major events leading up to the invasion, start with Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, when France and Britain were unprepared. News of the intrusion is bound to affect the German people, that still have memories that losing world War I. Castle will desire Germany to surrender before Allies troops space on German soil and German cities space destroyed. Over there is quiet no accord among the Allies top top when and how to expropriate Germany’s surrender. German radio has just announced new Allied landings.

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

2:30 p.m. Time check and station identification: WEAF, new York. Archbishop Spellman of brand-new York delivers a prayer. Body organ music. H.V. Kaltenborn announced the bulldozers space being provided to construct airfields best on the intrusion beaches.

2:45 p.m. A time examine from London announces the it is 8:45 p.m. An effort to call Merrill Mueller is unsuccessful. H.V. Kaltenborn offers some German radio reports that describe one of the ally beachheads as being "16 ½ miles large by number of miles inland." regulate of the Normandy Peninsula seems to it is in the Allies’ objective. The Germans had actually not intended an assault at the point. So far, only the first invasion wave has actually landed. Added waves will follow. Normandy could only it is in a minor invasion with extr and larger landings yet to come. As was the instance in Italy, harbors destroyed by the retreating Germans will be rebuilt quickly. Several vital bridges have been captured before the Germans could destroy them. After another attempt to contact Merrill Mueller in London is unsuccessful, Kaltenborn explains the step in the NBC newsroom, through the designers attempting to monitor and then switch to broadcasts from London.

3:00 p.m.

Although it had actually been announced previously that King George VI’s radio address to the British world would be heard at 3:00 p.m. EWT, NBC does not air it. Don Goddard provides a brief an overview of national and international news. This is adhered to by a medley of marches. Bishop Manning of brand-new York leads a prayer. French radio has actually reported the the ally beachhead has actually widened and that more troops room "pouring in." native London, BBC reporter john McGinn gives an eyewitness account of flying onboard among the aircraft that towed a glider come the intrusion area. BBC reporter Howard Marshall explains riding in to the intrusion beach ~ above a "command barge" in rough seas and also while under fire. Simply as that is telling just how the barge was damaged by a mine, his report is cut short. In brand-new York, Don Goddard defines that radio news reports room subject to censorship. It has actually been learned the the Germans have actually told French citizens life in the area that the intrusion that they space not enabled to leaving the area and also must stay indoors ~ dark under penalty of being shot.

At this point, a 30-minute gap, prolonging from 3:30 p.m. To 4:00 p.m., is absent from making it through recordings that NBC’s broadcast day because that June 6, 1944

4:00 p.m. .

Dr. Barnes reads a prayer prepared by the Archbishop that Canterbury. There is a discussion of NBC’s international short-wave company to Europe, which broadcasts in 8 languages. Eisenhower’s radio attend to to the people of west Europe is provided in 8 languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, German, and also English. NBC monitors in san Francisco report the Tokyo Radio has actually left the waiting suddenly. The clandestine anti-Nazi radio station Radio Atlantic (with a transmitter supposedly inside Germany) has actually reported that a secret message has actually been sent out to the guards at German slave labor infrastructure using foreign workers to be on the alarm for tools being dropped to these workers by air. Native London, command Anthony Kimmons of the imperial Navy, who was an main observer that the landings, describes the embarkation that the invasion fleet from England, the bombardment of the French coast, mine sweepers removed the mines, the blowing up of underwater obstructions, attack craft unloading ~ above the beach, offers being relocated in, etc. Indigenous Washington, the Netherlands’ Ambassador to the United claims speaks come the American people. Cesar Saerchinger announces the SHAEF will certainly be issuing Communiqué #2 in ~ 5:30 p.m. He likewise describes the vital French cities located in the area wherein the invasion is taking place.

4:30 p.m. Station identification: WEAS, brand-new York. Don Hollenbeck quotes from a German broadcast the reports ally troops "pouring ashore." The Germans also say that "war painted American Indians" were amongst the allied airborne forces that landed in France. Native the White House, Morgan Beatty discusses chairman Roosevelt’s push conference whereby he claimed that the intrusion was "up to schedule" and that news indigenous the front is "favorable." The invasion date was identified by the reality that June is the time for "small boat weather" in the English Channel. The President likewise warned versus over confidence. Don Hollenbeck offers a review of the latest news. Don Goddard reads "at dictation speed" the prayer the President Roosevelt will supply nationwide in ~ 10:00 p.m. That evening. German radio has actually announced that "compact masses" that Allied airplane bombed Calais and Allied paratroopers have likewise landed there. German troops in Denmark are reported to be on "invasion alert."

5:00 p.m.

A prayer is read by Dr. Horton. A 2nd communiqué from general Eisenhower’s headquarters is early soon. The NBC Orchestra performs two motions from Saint-Saens’ Suite Algerienne. Native Washington, Morgan Beatty gives a brief recap what was questioned at president Roosevelt’s press conference. The President stayed up every night behind blackout curtains to monitor the progress of the invasion via reports sent to the by Eisenhower’s headquarters. Couple of people knew that the timing of D-Day, which had been set for might or early June. Native Hollywood, Lewis Lockner provides an evaluation of reports that Hitler has moved his headquarters to France and also that he is taking fee of German efforts to push ago the invasion. Lockner interprets this together a sign that the German High Command knows the the battle is lost and also wants Hitler to show up to be the scapegoat for German defeat. NBC brand-new York reports that 4 U.S. Hefty bombers room missing. German Radio to be off the air because that 48 minutes. A new cabinet is to formed in Italy. Tokyo organized an emergency waiting raid drill today.

5:30 p.m. Listeners space told to was standing by for an important bulletin from London. It is announced the a warrior of Stanley Richard’s eyewitness account that the intrusion is to be replayed. Rather Eisenhower’s radio deal with to the human being of western Europe is replayed. Elmer Peterson explains that official communiqués space worded an extremely carefully. Most of the news so much has come indigenous German radio. This invasion can not be the main thrust. It has been reported that Prime Minister Churchill will certainly be giving the house of Commons daily updates on the invasion. The NBC Orchestra offers a music interlude that consists of a medley of civil War-era songs and also Dvorak’s Carnival Overture. Don Hollenbeck reports that the 2 German leaders in France areField-Marshal von Rundstedt and also Field-Marshal Rommel. German radio has actually reported enhanced Allied task at Calais and also Dunkirk.


Rommel had predicted that if the Allied intrusion wasn’t beat on the beaches within the first 24 hours, a strategic benefit would be got that would alter the result of the war. In the days complying with June 6th, 10s of thousands of added Allied soldiers flooded into Normandy in addition to seemingly endless quantities the tanks, trucks, jeeps, aircraft, ammunition, food, medical supplies, interactions equipment, gasoline, and also other materiel required to hit a war. Cherbourg fell to American troops ~ above June 27th, providing a deepwater port that raised the Allies’ capacity for landing even much more troops and equipment in France. Paris to be liberated on respectable 25th. Less than a year later, on April 30, 1945, v Germany’s major cities in ruins and also the Allies closeup of the door in top top his Berlin bunker, Hitler cursed suicide. Germany surrendered unconditionally on may 7th and all hostilities in Europe officially came to an finish on may 9th.

The finish NBC June 6, 1944 broadcast day (available inexpensively in the MP3 format) provides a unique opportunity to relive one of the most profound occasions of the 20th Century as it was taking place. Some 70 year after they aired, the news reports, commentaries, and eye witness accounts still have the power to convey a sense of the here and now, if providing countless fine examples of radio news report at the finest. Whether you’re a armed forces buff, a fan of "golden age" radio, or simply curious around how a significant event was covered earlier before television and also 24/7 cable news, the NBC June 6, 1944 transfer day will carry out a listening suffer that is as memorable as anything friend are ever likely to encounter on radio.

Additional Reading

Those interested in learning an ext about the history of D-Day should read Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic fight of people War II, which gives one that the ideal over-all accounts of "the Longest Day."

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Eric Beheim leads a multi-faceted career together a free-lance writer, skilled musician, and owner of his very own music and sound task studio.

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Born in the first wave of "baby boomers" he thrived up v radio and also remains a life-long radio enthusiast. His certain interests room collecting news and also commentary programs from the late 1930s and also early 1940s (including world War II news), and also programs that attribute performances the operettas and also musical theatre presentations.