Noble simplicity Premium05 June 2014 | by John Morrish
It has been a year for commemorating the outbreak of the First World War; but it is also worth remembering that 70 years ago this week, the largest invasion force ever assembled set out across the English Channel and on to the unwelcoming beaches of Normandy. To mark the anniversary (5 June), ITV assembled a modest documentary in which the experiences of four fighting men, as outlined in the final pieces of correspondence they sent home or carried in their battledress, were recounted and gently dramatised. No attempt was made to recreate battle scenes; instead we saw a handful of young and youngish actors sitting among their comrades, scribbling away or speaking the words to camera. It was quietly effective. They were good letters. We saw the originals, impeccably handwritten despite the
Register for free articles a month or subscribe now from £53* for 6 months unlimited access to article content.
Subscribe now and enjoy access to all parts of the tablet website, Including its 175 year archive...
Delivered to you each week
Read online / download on your iPad, iPhone, computer or Android device
For institutions: read online / download on your iPad, iPhone, computer or Android device. Email email@example.com for more information
Most Read Articles
Iron fists and velvet glovesPremium
Manage my subcription hereManage
Sign up for our newsletterSign Up