On Tuesday, June 6, 1944, Western Allied forces launched one of the largest naval attacks onto the beaches of Nazi-controlled Normandy, France. More than 50,000 Allied troops lost their lives that day, but their heroic sacrifice1 freed most of France from Nazi control. After the dust had settled, it appeared that the Allied forces had the Nazis on the run, but less than six months after the Normandy invasion, Adolf Hitler launched a counterattack2 in Belgium. The Nazi offensive3 in the Belgian Ardennes surprised the Allied forces and served as a message that this war was far from over.
National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) new show, Surrender, features colored footage4 of the final months before the war’s end. Throughout the series, audiences are read the firsthand accounts5 of French peasants6, American soldiers, Nazi stormtroopers, and even Holocaust7 survivors. The powerful commentary8 and footage paints World War II in a way like it has never been seen before. To find out more about this incredible time in human history, be sure to watch Surrender this month on NGC.