UK's War Cabinet live-tweets D-Day landing as it occurred

The UK War Cabinet account has been created by the government's National Archives, and provides by-the-second updates on what's happening on the ground.

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There are still faithfully maintained Germany batteries on the shores of Normandy. They are part of a giant collection of D-Day sites that can be visited all year round. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

If Twitter had existed in 1944, when brave Allied soldiers landed at Normandy, France on D-Day, we might all have been glued to the events on the ground conveyed through live-tweets. Realizing that, the UK War Cabinet is giving us a dose of just that.

At the precise time the D-Day landing started, the UK's National Archives started tweeting events on the ground exactly as they happened 70 years ago at its @UKWarcabinet Twitter account. The tweets give a fascinating and accurate glimpse into exactly what was happening by the second 70 years ago, and show just how massive a mission it was.

D-Day, as it's become known, started in the wee hours of June 6, 1944, and became the linchpin for the ultimate surrender of Germany in the Second World War. The attack on Normandy pushed the Germans back and gave the Allies, which included the US, UK, and Canadian forces, among others, a foothold from which they could mount an offensive against Hitler. Under a year later, the war in Europe was over and millions of innocent people across Europe were freed.

Although news broke of the D-Day invasion on June 6, the actual event timeline and news of what was actually happening on the ground wasn't readily available. People back home would need to wait for the morning and nightly newspaper to find out what was happening.

The UK War Cabinet's live-tweeting takes that into today and shows what it might have been like for people back home to see exactly how big and important a day June 6, 1944 was.

You can check out the live-tweeting here.

You might also check out CNET's own D-Day story on military tech, examining the differences in equipment from 1944 to now.

(Via Engadget)

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