Ted Eaglen was only 20 years old when, on the evening of June 5, 1944, he was one of the first paratroopers to head for French soil. We have perhaps forgotten it, but the British of the 6th Airborne Division preceded the incredible Armada that was going to sweep across the beaches of Normandy on the morning of June 6, 1944.
On April 23, 1943, Winston Churchill decided on the formation of a new airborne unit: the 6th Airborne Division. Nearly 12,000 men would make up this division. 180 of them were the first to fight. The survivors from this unit are our witnesses.
Today, the last of them will recount for us, day after day, the preparation, the training and the mission entrusted to them. Arriving in gliders or parachuting down behind SWORD BEACH, they had to secure the eastern flank of the Allied landing zone. Their objective: taking the Caen canal, which they had to hold until the arrival of thousands of paratroopers.
They were the first; today they are the last remaining survivors. Most of them have never spoken publicly. Their accounts, along with never before seen archive photos, are going to take us right back to that very first mission, that incredible night.
Because the Normandy landings started before June 6, 1944, homage must be paid, before their voices die out forever.