The History Channel will broadcast its latest exclusive local production with the world premiere of DRIVING TO D-DAY, on Sunday, June 6 at 7.30pm AEST.
DRIVING TO D-DAY follows the journey of thirty slightly eccentric Australians who, in June 2009, travelled 5,000 kilometres across Europe to Normandy in their restored vintage WWII military vehicles to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day.
In a remarkable expedition that sees the history enthusiasts retrace the ANZAC journey and visit the battlefields of Europe, the trip begins in Istanbul and continues across the continent of Europe, concluding in Normandy.
The two-month journey is seen through the eyes of this group of everyday Australians and is a moving tribute to the ANZACS, as they visit the battlefields that meant so much to our brave servicemen and gain a deeper understanding of the battles that liberated Europe.
Lead by legendary Queensland adventurer/aviator Lang Kidby, the convoy also includes renowned aviator Mike O’Sullivan, photographer Leisa Ward, Mick Jericovuch and Graeme Person (high-school mates for 50 years) and many more in a cast of colourful characters that had a single mission: DRIVING TO D-DAY.
After shipping their beloved collection of veteran vehicles across the world to take part, the convoy start in Istanbul, the furthest point of Europe from Normandy. From there the journey takes them to Gallipoli, across Turkey and the Mediterranean to Greece – and the great battle for Crete where so many Australians and New Zealanders were killed or captured.
The journey continues to Italy, then up through Switzerland and France and finally reaches its climax in Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day, where the group of adventurers drive on to the very beaches where the Allies came ashore on June 6, 1945.
Featuring a visual diary of events and extensive archive footage, DRIVING TO D-DAY is the story of this determined group’s incredible quest through time and place.
Jerry Hudgens wrote:
Finally I would like to comment about the movies on the AMC Channel. They are almost exclusively about killing and murder. I do give them credit for showing Clint Eastwood movies and they did a good job on the Memorial Day Weekend with a lot of good war stories. But, they seem to concentrate on movies about killing and murder and gore. I am tired of such crap.
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