Skip to comments.D-Day Radio Thread – June 6, 1944
Posted on 06/06/2014 1:37:05 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
I will be posting radio broadcasts throughout the day. A time stamp is embedded in the url address for most of the recordings. At about 8 ½ minutes into the 0330 CBS broadcast Robert Trout mentions that they began a tour of the CBS studio at 3 oclock in the morning 35 minutes ago. So that marks the time stamps as Eastern War Time, equivalent to todays Eastern Daylight Time. Normally that is 5 hours earlier than London and Normandy time, but in 1944 England was on British Double Daylight time. That makes for a 6 hour difference between London and New York. In other words, ALL TIMES E.S.T. - HJS.
That last one is supposed to say “0540 - CBS News broadcast.”
Bump for later.
And thanks for the thread Homer, will get back to it this afternoon.
Hmm? I wonder how the allies are dealing with the German cross channel guns at Pas de Calais? They could really inflict serious damage to the invasion fleet. Weather reports yesterday were poor so perhaps commanders are hoping the fleet will be hidden from those big guns by rain and fog?
The 4:15 NBC link is the famous “Snooty” broadcast, first report from a correspondent who’d been with the initial Paratroop attack. That C47 is still around.
Homer....awesome job.....than ks and kudos!!!I’ll be “listening” all day..
That’s an amazing report..clear, concise...the amount of information he provides is staggering...the guy (Wright Bryan) is a consummate pro.
I stumbled across this:
Seems to be the complete broadcast day....
Thank you for posting this!
That is fantastic history....thank you so much Homer.
bump for later listening...
Sent chills up my spine.
this is awesome!! thank you for doing this!!
This is the site I found with the complete day
16:30 on the 0330 CBS Broadcast, the reporter from England says that while he had bristled at the censorship, “my loyalty and responsibility to you back home is overridden by my loyalty and responsibility to the soldiers on this boat.”
That’s a line that should be etched in stone at the entrance of every journalist’s office, and should be the opening of every college journalism textbook.
Great job HJS. Thanks for the detail, thanks for going that extra mile you put into this, and all your posts 70 + years. It IS very much appreciated.
The long radio broadcasts are repeating the same things, and repeating the same speculation and spin over the same few facts, and repeating the same background information. In the meantime, a few pieces of new information trickle in, and is subject to the same repetitive “analysis.”
Other than having video, it appears that news coverage of major events has not changed a bit.
I always appreciate the effort you put in your interesting posts.
The start of the 0900 NBC broadcast calls the invasion “the most closely guarded secret of the war.”
Well, the most closely guarded secret the reporter knows of, anyway. I think the Japanese will learn of a more “closely guarded secret” next August. And the world won’t learn of another really well guarded secret until about 1980 or so.
A few years ago, I listened to the entire day....I just sat back and imagined how it must have been back then, before anyone really knew if it would succeed or not, and how anxious everyone listening must have been.
Didn't turn out that way.
I’ve been listening to it off and on while at work today. (Good thing I can pretty much do what I want at work). But having read Homer’s daily NYT posts, I’ve gotten a sense of the tension built up before invasion. As I’d posted earlier, just hearing the phrase “began landing on the northern coast of France” sent chills up my spine, and brought a tear to my eye.
I’m sure the American people were plenty anxious about this. They must feel that the war is being decided today, even though the war was already decided in many ways long before today.
Homer, all of your efforts are really appreciated today. If your project was intended to recreate what it was like to endure the war, you’ve succeeded quite well.
I think I’ll watch the first 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan tonight.
Here is another batch of June 6 radio clips that dont have time stamps.
Thanks for all your great work, Homer.
Reference at 3:45 on the 1630 NBC Broadcast to a group of paratroop commandos who called themselves the “Filthy 13.”
Tweak it a little and you could have a great movie concept....
No, it sure didn’t. At least there was a point to this invasion. Our current administration will only commit troops to save Moslems from homophobia.
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