why D-Day matters to Australia

June 5, 2014 10:03 PM

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why D-Day matters to Australia

Seventy years ago this week, the largest invasion force in history sailed towards the shores of Normandy in France. D-Day, June 6, 1944, has become one of the defining events of World War II. For many the overarching impression of D-Day is the horrific opening sequence of the film Saving Private Ryan, or the parachute drop into Normandy in the HBO series Band of Brothers.

For younger people, their introduction to what British prime minister Winston Churchill described as “much the greatest thing ... ever attempted” may come from games such as Call of Duty or Medal of Honor. Such media has mostly provided an American perspective, but more than a dozen nations – includ...

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