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The Financial Times' D-Day Coverage Was Fantastically British (PHOTO)

06/06/2014 09:48 BST | Updated 06/06/2014 16:59 BST

The world is gathering today to remember seventy years ago, when soldiers carried out the D-Day landings, an audacious incursion into Nazi-occupied France credited as the game-changer for the Second World War.

Back on Wednesday 7th June 1944, the Financial Times covered the invasion with an ever-beady eye on the stock market, with the wonderfully British headline :"Tone commendably calm on war news".

"The Stock Exchange took the news of the long-expected invasion of the Continent with commendable calmness," the FT begins, going on to praise investors for the lack of "selling panic" on the day of the landings.

"Dealers were inclined at the opening to take precautionary measures by shading quotations down here and there, but as the investing public proved phlegmatic there was no selling panic or pressure whatever and the fractional recessions were soon restored," the City journal reported.

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Writing today on Twitter, the FT quipped: "We are noting if not focused on our core mission...always."

The newspaper noted that the D-Day invasion's effect was also felt on the European markets.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are attending a D-Day commemoration service in France as the world remembered the sacrifices and heroism of troops involved in the landings exactly 70 years ago.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and about 400 Commonwealth troops are also at the Royal British Legion service at Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy.

The 70th Anniversary Of The D-Day Landings

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