Google gaffe as Chinese game doodle marks D-Day

Google was forced to issue an apology after a doodle celebrating the ancient Chinese board game Go appeared on its UK homepage on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The online giant quickly replaced the doodle with a link to D-Day material, saying a "technical error" resulted in the World War II commemorations being apparently ignored.

UK users were this morning greeted by a Go doodle instead of a D-Day tribute. Credit: Google

Peter Barron, the search engine's director of communications, told the Telegraph the company had " always intended to highlight a new exhibition of imagery and archive material commemorating D-Day on our home page."

"Unfortunately a technical error crept in and for a short period this morning an international doodle also appeared. We're sorry for the mistake, and we're proud to honour those who took part in D-Day," he said.

Google quickly replaced the Go doodle with a link to D-Day archive material. Credit: Google

The Go doodle, which Google say was only meant to appear on its Japan and Hong Kong homepages, featured a graphic of the legendary Japanese Go player Honinbo Shusaku.,, and now display the link to D-Day archive material in the Google Cultural Institute.

Since the first Google Doodle in 1998, there have been more than 2,000 on its home pages around the world marking various events, landmarks and people