D-Day: the Irish stories

D-Day: the Irish stories
The landing and deployment of US troops, supplies and equipmenton Omaha Beach in Normandythe day after D-Day Picture: Getty

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.

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.

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