|A British Army Sherman tank rumbles down a street on its way to a south coast port prior to the Normandy Landings of June 1944 (D-Day). The wartime censor has obliterated a sign in the background as well as the tank unit markings.|
The events of June 6th 1944 began shortly after midnight, with the dropping of the first British airborne troops between the Orne and Dives rivers. Then the Americans parachuted into the Cotentin, at the other end of the sector. Meanwhile, the RAF’s heavy bombers were pounding those artillery batteries of the Atlantic Wall thought to pose the greatest threat.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10878674/D-Day-6th-June-1944-as-it-happened-live.html LIVE D-DAY TIMELINE
For use by war correspondents, such as Richard Dimbleby, the BBC Research Department developed disc recording equipment robust and reliable enough for mobile use; although with a total weight of 450 Ibs it had to be vehicle-mounted rather than personally carried.
It was thought that war correspondents would need a truly portable recorder and BBC Research Department produced the Midget Disc Recorder by the end of 1943, which was to prove invaluable on D-Day and subsequent operations. The Midget Recorder weighed only 35 Ibs, complete with batteries sufficient for recording forty discs before needing replacement. In the 1970's the BBC at Broadcasting House, were still referring to portable tape recorders such as the UHER as 'midget recorders.'
|Richard Dimbleby - Post War|
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