Battle Lines: D-Day 80th anniversary reflections from veterans and journalists

A French navy bagpipe band plays as paratroopers arrive at commemorative ceremony with dozens of heads of States and more than 200 veterans for the 80th anniversary of D-Day landings in Normandy at Omaha Beach
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On today’s episode of Battle Lines, we mark and reflect on this anniversary, and ask what it means for Western countries in 2024 as another full scale war ravages Europe. 2024 as another full scale war ravages Europe. We hear from The Telegraph’s US editor, Tony Diver, who’s been following Joe Biden’s visit to Normandy. We also speak to our defence editor, Danielle Sheridan, who’s been talking to veterans on the ground in France. In the studio in London, we catch up with Roland Oliphant, who’s been exploring some of the journalism from D Day, and we talk about what it means about the coverage of war then and now. Finally, we speak to Asia correspondent Nicola Smith. who’s starting a new reporting stint in Israel.

Across the world, from Europe to Asia, from the Americas to the Middle East, tensions are rising between nation states as the traditional alliances and alignments evolve in the 21st century.

This year sees war in Europe and the Middle East, and elections in major economies, from the US and the UK to Taiwan. Insurgencies flare in Yemen and Burma, tensions escalate in East Africa, and all around the world the international security architecture buckles under increasing pressure.

Battle Lines, a new podcast from The Telegraph, combines on-the-ground reporting with analytical expertise to help the listener to better understand the course of world politics, wars and tensions, as fault lines grind and slip in an increasingly dangerous and confusing multipolar world.

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