D-Day: the Irish stories

From dismantling mines on the beaches of Normandy to providing the weather forecast that convinced Dwight Eisenhower to move decisively against the German forces, the Irish played a varied and critical role in the D-Day landings.

9th June, 2019
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The landing and deployment of US troops, supplies and equipmenton Omaha Beach in Normandythe day after D-Day Picture: Getty

Seventy-five years ago, on June 5, 1944, a curious poetic message was emitted on the airwaves: “Wound my heart with a monotonous languor.” So went the coded phrase broadcast by the BBC to alert French Resistance fighters that the largest land invasion of the 20th century was on.

More than 150,000 troops landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, but what is often overlooked is the huge contribution of Irish personnel, from planning...

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