DETROIT – This week we commemorate the 77th anniversary of World War II’s Operation Overlord, otherwise known as D-Day.
The Allied invasion of the Nazi-held French coast at Normandy is widely regarded as one of the most important military operations in history. But the story of how a small band of meteorologists played a decisive role in the invasion’s planning went largely untold for decades.
For the 50th anniversary of D-Day, I researched, wrote and produced a documentary, “Forecast: Overlord,” hosted by Chuck Gaidica. “Forecast: Overlord” first aired on Local 4 on June 6, 1994.
This project was a true labor of love. For three and a half years, I traveled the country, interviewing D-Day invasion meteorologists (including one from the British team), D-Day veterans, and even the late Walter Cronkite -- who covered the assault on Normandy for CBS radio from a bomber overhead. I also tracked down declassified military documents about the invasion, which provided a great deal of insight.
This program provides unique look into a critical part of the D-Day story that most people have never heard about. My research for the program was deemed historically significant enough to become part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library’s D-Day archive, the British Meteorological Archives, and the Museums of Television and Radio History in New York and Chicago.
I’m pleased we’re able to again share “Forecast: Overlord,” to honor the men who were so instrumental in the liberation of Europe that began seventy-seven years ago today. (Watch in the video player above)