BC-D-Day Anniversary, ADVISORY
The AP will be providing comprehensive coverage of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, including reporting from the U.S. and Europe ahead of the commemorations in both the United Kingdom and France on June 5 and 6.
For up-to-the-minute coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org
Here is a look at the AP’s planned coverage, as well as some stories that have moved previously and are available for use:
D-DAY- EDUCATION IN SCHOOL _ AP looks at how D-Day is taught differently in schools in the countries involved, and the differing perspectives on the war and post-war world by allies and enemies alike. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
D-DAY-THE LIBERATED _ The French survivors who owe their freedom to D-Day’s fighters are more determined than ever to keep alive the memory of the battle and its significance. By Catherine Gaschka and Sylvie Corbet. 1,000 words with photos, video by 5 a.m. Eastern/0900 GMT.
D-DAY-INTO THE CAVES _ The emotion of being liberated from Nazi occupation was so sweet the French refugees burst into song, with a spontaneous, rousing rendition of “La Marseillaise” that echoed around the vast cave where they had sheltered since D-Day. Thousands of civilians went underground in Normandy during the Allied invasion, packing into quarries that are now being mapped with lasers to preserve the long-hidden history of their vital role during that deadly summer of 1944. By John Leicester. 1,100 words with photos, video by 5 a.m. Eastern/0900 GMT.
D-DAY-THEN AND NOW _ Photo package looking at key sites in the war both then and now. By 5 a.m. Eastern/0900 GMT.
D-DAY-TRAUMA WITHOUT END _ Ted Emmings remains tall and strong with the grace of an athlete at the age of 91, but still struggles with the scars of D-Day, 75 years after he ferried 36 Canadian soldiers to Juno Beach in a landing craft rocked by mines and artillery. The former Royal Navy coxswain lost shipmates and watched helplessly as the Canadians were cut down on the beach. By Danica Kirka. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 10 a.m. Eastern/1400GMT.
D-DAY-US-EUROPE RELATIONS _ Theodore Roosevelt Jr.’s grave marker at the American WWII cemetery in Normandy lies next to his brother who was killed during WWI, an eloquent symbol of the special relationship that US presidents had with Europe during the two world wars and which is now being tested by the Trump administration. By Raf Casert. 800 words with photos, video by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT.
D-DAY-MAINTAINING THE MEMORIES _ From 1942 to 1945 more than 2 million American military personnel were stationed in the U.K., and across the country people still commemorate their sacrifice. Britain is dotted with memorials, many built and still tended by local people who honor those who died and remember the thousands of others they drank and danced and fought with. By Danica Kirka. 800 words with photos by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT.
D-DAY-75 YEAR ANNIVERSARY _ Overall preview story on the importance of the 75th anniversary, based on the life and times of U.S. medic Charles Shay, who came ashore in the first wave on Omaha Beach. Now 94, AP interviewed him on the very same beach. By Raf Casert. 1,100 words with photos by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT.
AP WAS THERE-BEFORE D-DAY _ The morale of American troops is running high as the vast invasion fleet prepares to move through the channel to storm Hitler’s Fortress Europe. There’s no doubt about it. Doughboys are ready and their spirits are up. They can see the beginning of the end of the war. It’s not a false optimism. By Don Whitehead. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT. This story was first published on June 5, 1944.
BRITAIN-TRUMP _ US President Donald Trump is expected to begin a three-day visit to the United Kingdom. All formats covering and accessing.
D-DAY-CROSSING THE CHANNEL _ AP sails across the English Channel with D-Day veterans 75 years after they made the same fateful journey to the heart of Nazi Europe with a historic mission. By Danica Kirka. UPCOMING: 500 words by 12 p.m. Eastern/1600 GMT.
AP WAS THERE-D-DAY _ Fighting as American troops did in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy, doughboys have smashed through the outer crust of Hitler’s fortress in a gallant display of courage and skill. Never before has an army attempted to land such vast numbers of men and materials in such a short time, but the job is being done after a shaky start. By Don Whitehead. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT. This story was first published on June 8, 1944, after it was delayed by more than a day when the Army’s communication system broke down.
D-DAY-THE GERMANS _ AP talks to German soldiers and family members of those killed on D-Day and the ensuing Battle of Normandy about their view of the war and how the continent has changed since the defeat of Nazism.
D-DAY-CANADA’S ORDEAL _ AP revisits site of one of the worst battles that D-Day unleashed, the Poche de Falaise, and looks at the often unsung Canadian role.
AP WAS THERE-D-DAY-TEN YEARS LATER _ Between the rows of white crosses they walked hand in hand, the gray-haired man and woman who had traveled across an ocean to visit the American cemetery overlooking the invasion beaches of Normandy. They walked slowly among their memories of the dead. By Don Whitehead. UPCOMING: Text, photos by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT. This story was first published on June 5, 1954, on the tenth anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
BRITAIN D-DAY ANNIVERSARY: US President Donald Trump and the first lady plan to attend a ceremony in the naval city of Portsmouth to commemorate D-Day on the final day of his three-day visit. Nations that took part in the campaign to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany have been also been invited to attend. They include Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Greece, and Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Germany has also been invited in keeping with previous D-Day commemorative events. Text, photo and video coverage of various commemoration events in Britain and France beginning at 5:15 a.m. Eastern/0915GMT.
D-DAY-PARACHUTING INTO NORMANDY _ AP covers mass parachute drop to mark the D-Day anniversary _ including jumping D-Day veterans in their 90s and Go-Pro footage.
D-DAY-PASSING THE TORCH _ The overwhelming theme of this year’s commemoration is keeping D-Day’s memory alive by sharing stories with children of the 21st century. AP accompanies veterans meeting with children from the U.S., Britain and France.
D-DAY-US VS FRANCE: France remains grateful to the US for liberating it from the Nazis, but relations are now at a longtime low as French President Emmanuel Macron feels US President Donald Trump is betraying the trans-Atlantic alliances and democratic principles that D-Day represents.
FRANCE-D-DAY _ President Emmanuel Macron leads D-Day ceremonies on beaches along Normandy’s coast 75 years since the D-Day landings. US President Donald Trump and his wife will attend an event at the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. There are also British and Canadian commemorations in Normandy. Text, photo and video coverage.
WOMEN OF D-DAY _ All 160,000 Allied forces who landed on D-Day were men, but women played a crucial role in the battle _ notably flying artillery spotter planes. AP covers flyovers by dozens of these restored planes and talks to women pilots.
ONLY ON AP: D-DAY DYING GENERATION – Bidding farewell to a Jewish American-French D-Day veteran who died just a month before the 75th anniversary commemorations, a symbol of the loss of a heroic generation and their memories of fighting the Nazis. SENT: 870 words, photos, video on May 9.
D-DAY-ECHOES OF GRIEF: Marguerite Caldwell still remembers the summer day 75 years ago when a Western Union telegram was delivered to her family farm as her mother was putting clothes on the line to dry. All over the small town of Bedford, Virginia, similar telegrams were delivered expressing the secretary of war’s “deep regret” that a loved one was killed or missing. Bedford is still coming to terms with its D-Day sacrifice. By Alan Suderman. SENT 800 words, photos on May 19.
D-DAY SEARCHING FOR PAPA: AP simultaneously interviewed two long-separated sons of an American D-Day soldier, one in the US and the other in France, who found each other decades later thanks to DNA testing. By John Leicester. SENT: 1180 words, photos, video on May 20.
D-DAY-75th ANNIVERSARY-AIRPLANE: A World War II aircraft that led the D-Day invasion in 1944 is returning to Europe for the 75th anniversary of the epic conflict. Found in a Wisconsin plane yard and restored, the C-47 named “That’s All, Brother” will drop paratrooper re-enactors over the French coast in June. Air Force historians found the plane and verified its existence through military and Federal Aviation Administration records. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 800 words, photos, video on May 21.
D-DAY-SAVING FRANCE’S HONOR _ In the huge D-Day invasion force made up largely of American, British and Canadian soldiers, French commandos ensured that France had feats to be proud of too, after the dishonor of its Nazi occupation, when some chose to collaborate with Adolf Hitler’s forces. By John Leicester. SENT: 910 words, photos on May 23.
D-DAY-VETERANS RETURN _ For historians, D-Day was a turning point in the war against Germany; for men who were among the 160,000 Allied fighters who mounted history’s largest amphibious invasion, June 6, 1944, remains a kaleidoscope of memories, a signal moment of their youth. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 2,100 words, photos, video on May 23. An abridged version also moved.
D-DAY-BRITISH VETERAN’S DUTY _ Seventy-five years after this working class lad from London’s East End splashed ashore on Gold Beach, the London’s East End lad is still focused on doing his duty. These days it is to remind younger generations about the sacrifices of those who didn’t come back. By Danika Kirka. SENT: 1,100 words with photos on May 24.