June 6th, 1944. D-Day. 74 years ago today, the Allies launched Operation Overlord - the largest naval invasion the world has ever seen - in an attempt to grab a foothold in German-occupied France. The Allies did secure a massive victory.
D-Day’s importance to the war has made it hugely famous. The beach landings are the most recognisable events of the period. Yet, despite being equal parts heroic and horrific, recreations of the events haven't always stuck to the history books.
Perhaps the most famous of these recreations is found in Saving Private Ryan. The film's opening is heralded as being one of the most accurate depictions of the Normandy landings. Pretty much everything else falls behind that.
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For today’s lesson we will be focusing on how the events of D-Day went according to game developers. We'll use the timelines from games that have become iconic for their D-Day reenactments, and point out where they went wrong along the way. Ready? Let's go.
June 5th 1944 - 11.30pm
Game: Call of Duty
Unit: Pathfinder team 1, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
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