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Surviving D-Day

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The D-day landings have inspired generations, as the great American forces stormed the beaches, hand in hand with the British to liberate the French from the grip of the Nazis. The story has always been told as one of heroism and sentimentality. This telling is different.

Because surviving Normandy isn't about heroism. It's all about the odds. Using new studies, for the first time we can forensically analyse the chances of survival. As 2,000 paratroopers face 345,000 bullets, across an area of sky covering 9 squares miles, the chances of survival were 1 in 4. But 50% of the men survive. How?