50connect Campaign To Commemorate D-Day

Posted on: 05 June 2008 by

Website www.50connect.co.uk is looking to speak to D-Day Veterans in an attempt to destroy the ‘timidity myth’ surrounding British involvement in D-Day.


For Immediate Release: 13th May 2004

Remembering D-Day

Website www.50connect.co.uk is looking to speak to D-Day Veterans in an attempt to destroy the ‘timidity myth’ surrounding British involvement in D-Day.

June 2004 sees the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings, when thousands of American, British and Canadian troops risked their lives in opening a Western Front in the war against Hitler’s Germany.

Sixty years on, 50connect believe the anniversary of D-Day offers the perfect opportunity for British veterans to set the record straight on their role in the Normandy landings.

Thanks to the efforts of American historians and Hollywood blockbusters like Saving Private Ryan, over the last decade a popular misconception has arisen, claiming that British forces did not pull their weight in the battle for Normandy. Many British schoolchildren - descendants of D-Day veterans - are not even aware that British forces played a part in D-Day.

50connect are looking to speak with veterans in an attempt to rectify this misconception and ensure that the part played by these valiant veterans is never forgotten.

“American historians seem to put the fact that the British took a month to reach Caen down to timidity, slowness and caution,” veteran historian Robin Neillands and author of The Battle Of Normandy 1944, told 50connect recently. “They seem to forget the fact that Caen was one of the most heavily defended parts of Normandy with no less than seven German panzer divisions based there.”

“We want to destroy this modern-myth about Britain’s role in Normandy once and for all,” comments Rachael Hannan, Editor of 50connect. “By publicising the stories of sacrifice made by British war veterans we are confident that the ‘Hollywood’ version of events will be relegated to where it belongs - the rubbish bin.”

“We owe our freedom to the efforts of these men. The 60th anniversary is a great opportunity for the nation to remember and appreciate the sacrifices made by everyone involved in the landings,” continues Ms Hannan.

“We are hoping to compile extensive accounts from British veterans about the events of D-Day, which we will make accessible to the public free of charge online. We hope that the accounts we note down will act as a worthy testimony to the heroic efforts of D-Day veterans for generations to come and serve as valid oral histories for future generations.”

For more information contact Dale Lovell on 01753 850606 or email: dlovell@50connect.com

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