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Videos: The best scenes from ‘The Longest Day’

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May 27, 2024

“The Longest Day” is a captivating war epic that immerses viewers into the monumental events of D-Day, June 6th, 1944. Directed by an ensemble of talented filmmakers including Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, and Bernhard Wicki, this cinematic masterpiece brings to life the pivotal moments of the largest amphibious invasion in history.

The film meticulously portrays the perspectives of both Allied and German forces as they prepare for and engage in the harrowing battle for Normandy’s beaches.

Through stunning cinematography and realistic reenactments, “The Longest Day” captures the chaos, bravery, and sacrifice of soldiers from various nations involved in the operation. From the paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines to the courageous troops storming the beaches under heavy fire, every moment is depicted with visceral intensity and historical accuracy.

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Below are some of the greatest moments from the film.

In this scene, viewers see the true trauma of war. When his parachute catches on a church, Private Steele (Red Buttons) watches in horror as the rest of his paratrooper squad gets slaughtered by Nazis.

In the scene below, we see the invasion of Omaha Beach. The clip shows an accurate portrayal of both the fear and energy in the men as they approached the beach. The D-Day invasions all around were one of the scariest times of the war, when the men were figuring out just what they were getting into.

Like all good military films, the scene below adds a touch of humor to the film. Although there are bits of humor throughout this scene, the majority of the scene is quite serious, showing the German perspective of firing on Allied troops on the beach.