Annakin's best-known films include the Disney adventure Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and the World War II classic Battle of the Bulge (1965), a star-studded drama featuring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas.
Annakin also earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the script to Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) and directed Charlton Heston in an adaptation of Jack London's The Call of the Wild (1972). He died on April 22, 2009, at the age of 94.
This Oscar-winning war epic chronicles World War II's harrowing D-Day invasion. Shot on the beaches of Normandy, France, the ambitious film attempts to cover the historic day from all perspectives, focussing on both sides of the conflict.