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SPECTATORS TO WAR

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Children sit on the fence and watch rehearsals for the D-Day landings in Slapton, Devon, while a soldier stands guard. Close to 160,000 troops took part in the amphibious attack the following month, which would be the largest in history. It kickstarted the Allied invasion of Normandy and led to the liberation of northern Europe from Nazi control. The date had initially been set for 5 June, but it was postponed a day due to bad weather.

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When news broke a couple of years back that the body of Richard III had been discovered under a car park in Leicester, hope sprang afresh that the truth about this most divisive of kings would finally be put to rest. But while the find offered many clues, we have much fact yet to separate from fiction. Who was the real Richard? Was he a murderous usurper, or has his reputation been tarnished in a classic case of the victors writing history? We get to the heart of the matter from page 30.