The following represent a small cross section of Normandy veterans I have had the honour to spend time with over the years.
British 45 Royal Marine Commando
Frank landed with his Bren gun at Sword Beach on D-Day and was part of the force to liberate the town and port of Ouistreham. In 2014 he returned for the first time and is pictured here at the Lord Lovat Memorial. Frank’s memories of that day and also the days that followed were crystal clear.
US 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment
Bob was an airborne medic and landed by parachute in the early hours of D-Day as part of the US 101st Airborne Division. This modest Norman church is now dedicated to him and Kenneth Moore who utilised the church as an aid station for a number of days, tending to and saving the lives of at least 75 soldiers and civilians, whilst the battle raged all around.
British 4/7 Royal Dragoon Guards
Cecil landed in an amphibious tank in the first wave at Gold Beach on D-Day. His tank was lost on the beach but not before the 4/7 Dragoons and supporting infantry had taken the German strongpoint directly in front of them.