D-Day Forty Years On 1984 – Part 2


Some further additions to the 1984 press coverage of D-Day posted a few days ago:  https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/d-day-forty-years-on-1984/



Here is how the BBC Radio Times covered the events in D-Day week 1984. Some interesting colour magazine pictures in an otherwise black and white newspaper world.


This  glossy 1984 newspaper souvenir from Portsmouth is proving a bit difficult to photograph so I will try to scan sections of this on a good scanner at some point in the next week or two. Some interesting veterans’ stories inside worth sharing more widely. Lots of the photos in the newspaper are freely available on the IWM website. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/searchquery=&pageSize=15&style=list&filters%5BwebCategory%5D%5BPhotographs%5D=on&filters%5BthemeString%5D%5BNormandy%20Landings%201944%5D=on

Hope these two posts have been of interest. I found this interesting sketch by Rommel when rereading the very varied viewpoints from Allied and German forces and French civilians in Cornelius Ryan’s book The Longest Day (1959), abridged in True Stories of World War Two (Reader’s Digest 1981). It shows how formidable the beach defences could be where Rommel had his way, suitable time, materials and labour.



I have bought or will buy the equivalent newspapers for today and tomorrow for comparison 35 years on. Somewhere (!)  I have other 50th 60th and 70th D-Day Anniversary newspaper cuttings gs, so will scan these in future as I find them again.

Posted by Mark Man of TIN on D-Day75 6th June 2019.


4 thoughts on “D-Day Forty Years On 1984 – Part 2”

    1. I shall find it interesting to compare the same paper’s DDay coverage yesterday and today with 35 years ago. Sadly I doubt if many veterans will be fit enough to make it to Normandy in 2024. Same as watching the last few WW1 veterans pass away in the 2000s, recorded by Richard Van Emden


    1. Thanks for sharing your cover of this Jim Radford song, a song I didn’t know, and for the links to the original YouTube video with the D-Day footage and the backstory of his family. Sadly soon Jim and the youngest navy boys will be some of the very last eyewitnesses, compared to the tens of thousands of often dark haired veterans that were around in 1984 in my 40th birthday newspaper coverage.
      With its Irish roots It has a timeless Soldiers ballad air and you sang it in a way as could have been straight out of the campfires of the (American) Civil War.
      Thanks for sharing the grenadiers vs airborne skirmish – classic figures I remember well and still have. Hopefully they will inspire another generation of tabletop gamers and historians.


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