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Defence in the Media: D-Day veterans set sail

Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings tomorrow, national newspapers have covered a range of commemorative events.

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As part of the D-Day75 anniversary week of events Daks Over Duxford brought the extraordinary story of the Dakota aircraft during D-Day to life. The aircraft will take part in mass parachute jumps and flight displays at Duxford, before their epic cross-channel flight on 5 June, to the beaches of Normandy. Crown copyright.

D-Day veterans cross the Channel

The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The I, The Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Mirror, BBC Breakfast, GMB and Sky all report on the lead up to the D-Day commemorations happening this week.

A large number of papers and broadcasters focus on the two ferries that have departed the south coast on a week long journey which will transport hundreds of veterans across the Channel for events in both France and the UK. The veterans will be guests of honour at the huge National Commemorative Event on Southsea Common, Portsmouth, tomorrow.

Later that evening they will leave to follow the route across the English Channel they took in choppy waters in 1944 as part of the biggest sea invasion in history. In the middle of the Channel, at around 8pm, a fleet of Royal Navy ships will sail past MV Boudicca while the RAF fly overhead.

The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail all have double page spreads looking ahead at the large number of commemorative events taking place. There are also a number of interviews with veterans who are making the journey back to France to attend commemorative events as well as excerpts from diaries and letters that were written at the time of the assault.

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