Countdown To D-day



Through the week, military historian Peter Caddick-Adams introduces extracts from journals and memoirs of the key military players who were responsible for developing and executing what Winston Churchill described as 'the most difficult and complicated operation ever to take place' Field Marshall Romell, appointed by Hitler to oversee the defence of Northern FRANCE, reports back to German high command on his assessment of the invasion threat , and writes home to his wife and son with the news of the latest military situation and the antics of his new dogs.

Rommel is read by Paul Humpoletz.


Peter Caddick-Adams introduces a week of extracts from journals and memoirs.

Field Marshall Montgomery's first critical reactions to the Overlord plan, his close working relationship with Churchill, and the unusual tactics he adopted for inspiring loyalty in the ranks in the weeks before D-Day.

Extracts from Montgomery's memoirs introduced by Peter Caddick-Adams.

Field Marshall Montgomery is read by Jeremy Child.


General de Gaulle, unhappy at being excluded from the d-Day plans, is invited to LONDON by Churchill on June 4th, has several tense encounters with British and American military planners, and gives a rousing speech to his countrymen.

Introduced by Peter Caddick-Adams.

De Gaulle is read by Cornelius Garret; Churchill by Robert Hardy.

Extracts taken from 'General de Gaulle: War Memoirs', translated by Richard Howard and 'De Gaulle: The Rebel' by Jean Lacouture.


General Omar Bradley, commander of all American land forces on D-Day, describes the military preparations for the invasion, including the disastrous rehearsal for the Normandy landings on Slapton Sands in DEVON, which led to more than 700 American deaths.

General Bradley is read by Colin Stinton.

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Winston Churchill and King George VI both want to be present at the Normandy landings; their letters and journal entries reveal their intense desire to be part of the action, and the depth of their disappointment when their requests were turned down.

Churchill is read by Robert Hardy; George VI by Andrew Hilton and Admiral Ramsay by Cornelius Garret.