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D-Day 75th Anniversary: ‘A victory was never certain’ – BBC Newsnight


President Trump joined the Queen and Theresa May to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

But the international cooperation being celebrated this week wasn’t as straightforward as it is generally believed to be. For a long time the British and the Americans argued about whether D-Day was even worth trying. But even when they agreed, a victory was never certain. Winston Churchill wanted to focus on the Mediterranean campaign and wrote to President Roosevelt in 1943 casting doubt over whether D-Day should happen in 1944. But, he was persuaded by the Americans to go ahead.

Our Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban reports.

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