Happy Station: D-Day Special 5 June, 1994

Soldiers coming ashore in Normandy (©National Archive and Records Admin 111-SC-320902)

This programme marked the 50th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944 —”D-Day”—the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Nazi Reich. Presenter Pete Myers was a child in faraway India, but he remembers this time well and tells what he remembers of that time. And in his inimitable story-telling style, Pete recounts one of the more cheerful aspects of this dramatic period in history: the music and the performances of the Big Bands of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and the women that gave soldiers and the war-weary on both sides a note of consolation: Vera Lynn, Lili Marleen, Edith Piaf and Holland’s own Jetty Paerl of Radio Orange.

Produced and presented by Pete Myers

Broadcast as Happy Station June 5, 1994