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.
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 to logistics...
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