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Ike To Return to Normandy for CBS Special with Walter Cronkite

July 21, 1963 - Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower will return to Normandy next month for the filming of a CBS-TV program commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Allied invasion in World War II. The network will present the program on or about June 6, 1964, the anniversary of D-Day. Although a great deal of fierce fighting followed D-Day, the success of the Allied invasion of Nazi-controlled France marked the beginning of the end of World War II. General Eisenhower (pictured in England in 1944 talking to a soldier during pre-invasion manoevres) will talk with CBS News' Walter Cronkite about his experiences in June 1944, the tactical decisions behind Operation Overlord, and how British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was talked out of joining the invading forces. General Eisenhower and Mr. Cronkite will visit the Allies' war room on England's southern coast; the coast of France, including Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach; and the American military cemetery at St. Laurent-on-the-Sea. The special broadcast will feature newsreel footage of the invasion.


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