On June 6, 1944, nearly 15,000 Canadians -- at sea, in the air,
and on the ground -- joined the long-anticipated D-Day invasion of
Nazi-occupied Europe on the Normandy beaches. The piece of ground
on which the Canadians fought so hard against heavily armed and
embedded German troops was codenamed Juno. On that day, the
Canadian infantry fought their way farther inland than any other
Allied troops. For Canada, and all Canadians, this was a coming of
age, an extraordinary moment of courage and sacrifice.
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Barris takes us
back to those momentous few hours that forever changed the course
of our history in the voices of those who were there. In what might
be described as Canada''s longest day, we follow the course of
action hour by hour, minute by minute, as we meet and follow the
soldiers who leapt off landing craft into the shallow waters off
Normandy, who were strafed by machinegun fire before they could
even reach the shore. We meet the airmen who flew fighters and
bombers in the early hours of the summer morning, as well as the
sailors who manned the guns of the ships offshore.
Ted Barris has interviewed hundreds of veterans to piece
together one of Canada''s proudest days, and one of the most
significant battles of our time.