Jim Radford

Galley Boy
Britain’s youngest D-Day veteran, Jim Radford, was just 15 years old when he joined the war effort as a galley boy on a deep sea rescue tug.
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Bill Blount

Royal Marine
In one of the toughest war roles, Royal Marine Bill Blount gives a compelling account of his experience as a landing craft gunner.
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Bill Bennett

Able Seaman
Merchant Navy pipeline specialist Bill Bennett was selected for D-Day action because of his wireless operator skills.
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Bob Sullivan

Sapper
Being a junior NCO with the paratroopers was exhilarating for Bob and despite being injured, he enjoyed every minute with a great bunch of lads.
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Douglas Turtle

Chief Coxswain
Douglas Turtle, 91, gives a spirited yet modest overview of his impressive Royal Navy career.
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Ernie Brewer

Soldier
In four short films, Ernie Brewer of the Royal Artillery gives an extraordinary account of the D-Day Landings.
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Harry Hopkins

Soldier
Pinned down by German fire, rescued by the French resistance and being wounded: the war was violent and sometimes frightening for Harry.
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Michael Gibbons

Flight Engineer
Despite the unrelenting nature and importance of the work he did, Michael Gibbons stills wonders how he managed to survive
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Ted Baker

Telegraphist
The war was pretty grim for Ted Baker and he saw some difficult things during his time as a telegraphist and cypher officer in the Royal Navy.
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Tony Martin

Soldier
Whether is was protecting Britain’s important targets from German bombers or creating crash strips for damaged planes.
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Bob Gale

Seaman
Life manning Landing Craft Assaults, was both exciting and frightening for Bob Gale as he faced rough seas, mortar attack and abandonment on beaches.
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Frank Corbett

Soldier
Frank Corbett’s extensive war story is captured in 12 fascinating films
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George Talbot

Radio Operator
George Talbot provides one of the great personal battle accounts of the Second World War.
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Eric Miles

Ordinary Seaman
As a member of the Royal Navy, Eric’s work in clearing key coastal areas of mines was extremely dangerous, and important.
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Bill Edwardes

Stretcher Bearer
‘You go because you know you’ve got to. Somebody is relying on you and that’s what you’re trained for….’ As a Stretcher Bearer.
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Cyril Standiford

Seaman
As a gunner in the Navy, Cyril Standiford was part of Operation Neptune, and experienced a terrifying attack of his ship
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David Jefferies

Seaman
Affectionately known as ‘Bunts’ to his friends, after the Naval Bunting, David was a signalman on an LCT
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Bernard Howell

Seaman
Bernard Howell was only 16 when he joined the Navy. After experiencing the waters off the coasts of Russia, Italy and Egypt,and Normandy
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Gus Goldenberg

Soldier
Gus Goldenberg was an army signaller who played an important part in the Normandy invasion. As a Jew, the war also had something of a personal aspect
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Jack Webb

Soldier
‘For an unlucky man, I’ve had an awful lot of good luck’ - Jack Webb tells us how he escaped the war unscathed’
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Ken Cook

Telegraphist
As a telegraphist, Kenneth experienced Allied resolve and determination when his ship gets bomber but it’s business as usual for the men.
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Ken Turner

Trooper
For Ken, the war was something of an adventure. Escaping an unhappy childhood, he joined the Royal Tank regiment.
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Fred Perkins

Soldier
The massive logistical operation of the war is sometimes forgotten. But Fred Perkins played a crucial role in helping keep the supplies rolling
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James Cooper

Soldier
As a young man in the Reconnaissance Corps, James Cooper witnessed some sad things during the Normandy invasion. But his faith kept him going.
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Reg Neile

Seaman
Reg Neile gives an account of his time on HMS Gazelle as part of the Fortieth Minesweeping Flotilla…
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Nick Carter

Seaman
Nick Carter gives an account of his time as a Royal Navy Coxswain on board HMS Ardrossan, mine-sweeping in the Channel and North Sea
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John Jenkins

Soldier
As a sergeant in the army, John Jenkins experienced some of the best and the worst of humanity while in Germany during the war.
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Kenneth Hay

Soldier
Captured by the Germans and forced to march for miles in terrible conditions, Kenneth Hay has still retained his sense of humour.
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Franck Allanson

DEMS Gunner
From the vantage point of his merchant ship, Franck witnessed the extraordinary invasion of Omaha beach during the Normandy landings.
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Don Hunter

Radio Officer
Don Hunter served as a Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy. He was involved in the D-Day landings onboard the MT Empire Pickwick.
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John Duke

Soldier
‘You didn’t realise the training because it came automatic[ally]...The things you had to do, you did it’.
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Normandy service

Military
The final act of service by the Normandy Veterans Association. The laying up of their standard was an emotional day for many of the veterans who....
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Don Turrell

Soldier
‘I took the King’s shilling...If I could do it again I would’. Despite the painful injuries Don Turrell sustained
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Les Temple 

Radio Operator
Working as an ABC operator in Lancaster Bombers, Les Temple had an important job preventing the German pilots communicating over their radios.
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John Bower

Soldier
In the close quarters of his tank regiment, John felt an affinity with the other men as they faced enemy fire together.
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Harry Rawlins

Soldier
Harry felt it was a great honour to fight for King and country. Although he found much was different between the stories he heard of previous conflict
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Lewis Trinder

Able Seaman
Joining the Navy on his 18th birthday, Lewis Trinder experienced so much of the war, from navigating the swells of the Atlantic to DDay
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Percy Lewis

Soldier
Percy Lewis experienced so much during the war, from the cold of the Scottish shores to injury to capture by the Germans.
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Fred Lee

Stoker
Fred’s mother was unhappy when he volunteered to join the Royal Navy in 1943 - she already had three sons in service.
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Jimmy Reynolds

Trooper
As a tank driver Jim Reynolds is injured in an attack during D-Day which has a lasting repercussion.
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Peter Haughton

Wireless Operator
‘You were a fighting unit and you knew your job and you knew what you had to do’. Being part of a tank crew, the camaraderie was important
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Bill Ward

Bren Gunner
Bill was in the Kings Own Scottish Borders. He landed on Sword Beach and recalls in vivid detail many incredible moments from his shortened campaign..
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George Seal

Sapper
‘When we landed, we knew we weren’t alone’. George Seal describes feeling safer because of the number of Allied troops at Normandy when he arrived.
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Roy Clarke

Trooper
To this day, as he gets ready to go to bed, Roy Clarke is thankful he is not sleeping under a tank.
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Eric Gower

Trooper
As part of an armoured regiment Eric Gower found his progression slow going during those initial days of the Normandy invasion.
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Bill Cameron

Gunner
Bill Cameron provides an amusing and detailed account of his time in the Royal Artillery in the Far East. Whilst he fought the Japanese at Kohima
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John Mitchell

Signaller
John Mitchell provides a detailed interview of his life in the Royal Signals. On D-Day he landed on Juno beach
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Tom Renouf

Soldier
In the Second World War Tom Renouf served with the Black Watch. As a front line infantry man who was involved in intense fighting in Normandy
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Arthur Cant

Military Police
As a member of the military police Arthur Cant was there during the D-Day landings to take enemy prisoners.
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Bert Haddrall

Company Runner
Bert Haddrell was a Company Runner with A Company 4th Battalion Dorset Regiment. After an attack on Hill 112 he was lucky to be alive. 70 years later
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Bob Conway

Soldier
When he was seventeen Bob Conway joined the Royal Army Service Corps. During Operation Overlord he drove American Mack trucks and the Studebakers.
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Bill Price

Gunner
On D-Day, Bill Price sailed on one of the "Corn cobs”. These were block ships that crossed the channel and were scuttled
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Daniel Lyons

Signaller
Daniel Lyons served with the Royal Signals as a Wireless Operator and was attached to A Squadron 6th Airbourne Division during the Normandy Landings.
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Cyril Simms

Royal Marine
Cyril Simms was a Royal Marine and during the Normandy Landings his LCG patrolled the Trout Line keeping an eye out for midget submarines.
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David Greig

Air Dispatch
The Normandy invasion may have been frightening, but David Greig’s experiences in the fire service during the Blitz had prepared him well.
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Cliff Dalton

Soldier
Cliff Dalton served with the RASC and on D-Day landed on Sword Beach. When his vehicle became stuck, he also found himself in a sticky situation...
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Edward Fish

Soldier
Edward Fish joined the Royal Army Service Corp as a driver. On one convoy through Normandy he is very fortunate to survive an explosion.
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Frank Coulton

Vehicle Mechanic
Frank joined the REME and served with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
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Frank Rosier

Soldier
Frank Rosier served as an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. On D-Day, he was in the second wave on Gold Beach landings.
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Fred Glover

Paratrooper
Fred Glover was part of the 9th Parachute Battalion who were tasked to take out the menace that was the Merville Battery.
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Geoff Pattinson

Paratrooper
Geoff was a paratrooper; and his first attempt at getting to Normandy in a glider was over quite quickly.
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Ted Bootle

Soldier
As part of the Royal Army Service Corp Ted Bootle was involved in the movement of key Allied goods including food, ammunition and medical supplies.
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Ted Dixon

Signaller
In the Royal Signals Ted Dixon had a busy time during the war. Here he tells us about the secrecy surrounding the cypher men he worked with.
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Ted Hoskins

Boy Seaman
Ted Hoskins served in the Royal Navy as a Sick Berth Attendant. Whilst the risk of injury to himself was relatively low, it did not protect him
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Walter Marshall

Intelligence Officer
Walter Marshall was a submarine intelligence officer who, prior to D-Day, spent time on the Normandy beaches carrying out intelligence.
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Gordon Dance

Stoker
Gordon Dance served as a Stoker Mechanic in the Royal Navy. On D-Day, he was two months short of his eighteenth birthday.
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Henry Draper

Gunner
During the Normandy landings Henry Draper arrived at Juno Beach
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John Morgan

Soldier
If you’ve seen the film ‘The Longest Day’, you’ll know about the German fighters that strafe the two Dispatch Riders. John Morgan was a Dispatch Rider
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Nick Rumble

Seaman
Nick Rumble was aboard a Merchant Navy Ship during the invasion and could see all the Allied traffic on the beach
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Peter Creed

Soldier
Peter Creed was a Rifleman with the Gloucestershire Regiment and the 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment.
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Ron Stephens

Vehicle Mechanic
Ron Stephens joined the army in 1939 and trained as a Vehicle Mechanic in the REME. On the Normandy Beaches, removing vehicles from the sand
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Mervyn Kirsch

Soldier
In June 1943, Mervyn Kirsch joined the army at the age of 18 ½. Following some tough training in Scotland with the Black Watch
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Mike Brennan

Soldier
Mike joined the 1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in 1943 and at 7.25 on the 6th of June he was one the first British infantrymen to land
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Wally Beall

Leading Wireman
Wally Beall joined the Royal Navy in 1943 and served as a Wireman/Electrician on LCT836.
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Harry Bailey

Soldier
Harry Bailey worked on constructing the Mulberry Harbour prior to D-Day. For him, things seemed quite calm when he arrived at Normandy.
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Stanley Bond

Sapper
Stanley Bond was a Lance Corporal with the Royal Engineers and was with 105 Corp Field Park Company during the Normandy Campaign.
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Ken Harman

Seaman
Ken Harman was a Number 3 on a 6 inch gun onboard HMS Alaunia. On one occasion and fearing for his life, he left his post and was charged
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Alf Duncan

Seaman
Alf Duncan joined the Navy at the age of 16 and prior to D-day was on Russian Convoys. For him sweeping the English Channel for mines was enjoyable
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Stan Bowyer

Signaller
During World War Two, Stan Bowyer served with the 49th Infantry Division, also known as the Polar Bears.
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Dennis Bowen

Soldier
Dennis Bowen provides a very detailed account of his Normandy Campaign in the East Yorkshire Regiment.
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Peter Cullen

OP Officer
Peter Cullen was a Royal Artillery officer in the combined Operations Bombardment unit during the Normandy Landings.
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George Batts

Sapper
George Batts talks candidly about his life as a Corporal with the Royal Engineers. By his own admission he was daft to ‘volunteer’
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Ron Smith

Electrician
Ron Smith was a Wireman on LCT 947. Despite being quite poorly when we met he provides a fascinating insight to his life onboard.
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Mick Jennings

Wireman
Mick Jennings gives a spirited account of his time as a wireman on Landing craft LCT 795.
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Vic Bignall

Seaman
Vic Bignall joined Royal Navy during World War II and found himself on LCT 2453 for the D-Day landings.
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Leon Gautier

Commando
Léon Gautier was one of the Commandos who served under Philippe Kieffer of the Free French Forces
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Alan King

Trooper
Alan King served with the East Riding Yeomanry as a Radio Operator. He recalls scenes of chaos.
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George Clements

Rifleman
George Clements was a Rifleman with the 6th Battalion Light Infantry. It wasn’t an easy job.
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George Stagg

Sapper
George Stagg was a Royal Engineer with 49th Infantry Division. In this film he recalls a plane and a parachute…
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George Revell

Ground Crew
George Revell served as an RAF Airframe Fitter. But however you travelled to Normandy you were always at risk.
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Jim Leaver

Officer
In the Second World War, Jim Leaver served as a Troop Commander in the 61st Reconnaissance Regiment. He was in the thick of the action on D-Day.
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Ken Howes

Able Seaman
Ken Howes was in the Royal Navy with 519 Flotilla LCAs. He found transporting the Americans to Omaha Beach a traumatic experience.
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Ray Lord

Soldier
Ray Lord joined the 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment as a Wireless Operator. It was a job that would save his life.
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Roy Dixon

Officer
Roy Dixon was nineteen when he joined the 5th Royal Tank Regiment, 7th Armoured Division as a Troop Leader. Unbelievably young...
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Bernard Lynham

Royal Marine
Bernard served with 46 Commando, Royal Marines part of the 9th Infantry Battalion. He was only in Normandy a short while when disaster struck.
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Doug Lakey

Technical Assistant
Whilst in Normandy, Doug Lakey served as an Observation Point Sergeant. It was fierce but also fun…
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David Baines

Brigadier
Brigadier David Baines MBE served as the final President of the Normandy Veterans Association. In WWII he was a gunner in the Royal Artillery.
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Harry Marrington

Seaman
Harry Marrington was a Seaman and Gunner with the Royal Navy Patrol Service.
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John Sturgis

Royal Marine Officer
John Sturgis was a Troop Commander in the Royal Marines, 41 Commando… here he recalls how he travelled around France after the war had moved on to...
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Christian Lamb

Wren Plotter
Christian Lamb provides a humorous and detailed account of her life as a 3rd Officer WREN.
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Marsie Taylor

Wren
Marsie Taylor worked as a Wren Writer initially at Norfolk House in central London and then at Southwark in Portsmouth.
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Tom Cromie

Gunner
Tom Cromie served as a dispatch rider for the Royal Artillery during the D-Day landings… he was lucky to survive the landing because...
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Wally Fuller

Trooper
On D-Day, Wally Fuller was a Gunner with the 4th Royal Tank Regiment. On the 8th June, 1944 he landed on Gold Beach.
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Vic Mackenzie

Driver
Viv Mackenzie was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps [RASC] Hi job was to transport ammunition and keep in close support of the tanks and...
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John Winder

Signals Officer
John Winder served as a Captain in the Royal Corp of Signals. He was attached to the 90th City of London Field Regiment. Despite all his training....
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D-Day school film

Sgt Pioneer
A unique opportunity for pupils from King Richards school in Portsmouth to meet a D-day veteran. In the morning at the museum, in the afternoon they..
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Paul Harrison

Lieutenant
Paul De La Motte-Harrison served in the RN from 1942 to 1946. He started out as a Wireman and left as a Lieutenant in command of his own Landing Craft
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John Sleep

Paratrooper
John Sleep gives an emotional account of his Second World War service. He served with the Royal Berkshires, the Parachute Regiment and in Normandy
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Robert Watts

Tank Landing Craft Electr
Robert was on Landing craft at D Day. One thing that still lives with him trying to rescue Canadian troops from drowning
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Gordon Smith

Engineer
Gordon Smith gives an emotional account of his military experiences during WWII starting with memories of the Blitz.
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Terry Carroll

Tank Co-Driver
When Terry opted to join the Dragoons over the RAF and the Navy he hadn't expected to find himself in Flail Tank creating a safe path off Juno beach.
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Harry Eddy

LCT Wireman
Harry spent his time in the Navy aboard a Tank landing craft. He was one of the first onto Sword beach and survived the landings at Westkapelle.
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Pat Massett

WRNS Morse Operator
Patricia Massett was a Morse Operator who was stationed at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Her task was to identify individual ships that were passing...
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Cornelius Snelling

Chatham Rating
Cornelius Snelling served on the Black Swan-class sloop HMS Wildgoose.
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Albert Malin

Torpedoman
From loading LCTs on the build up to D Day, to being adrift in the Barents Sea, Albert Malin provides a detailed account of his Naval service...
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Fred Danckwardt

Squadron Leader
During World War II, Fred Danckwardt survived 45 Operations with Bomber Command. He then returned to help on the Berlin Airlift.
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Fred Millward

Paratrooper
Fred Millward was in the famed 9th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment and took part in the Assault of the Merville Battery.
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Ronald Arnold

Dispatch Rider
Ron Arnold was a dispatch rider during WWII. Prior to DDay he recalls riding around the eerily quiet towns of England's South Coast.
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Charles Eagles

Soldier
Charles Eagles was in 'S' Company of the 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry and landed at Gold Beach. His specialism was mine clearance,
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Eric Downing

Trooper - Flail tanks
Eric Downing provides a rare and often times emotional insight into the role of a Gunner on a Flail tank during the Second World War.
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Ted Hunt

Major
At 91 Ted amazed us all with his encyclopaedic memory of his time as 2nd in command of 15 Rhino LST landing crafts on D Day.
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Harry Card

Sailor
Harry was a look out on HMS Swift. From his vantage point he witnessed some of the most incredible scenes of WWII.
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Ian Hammerton

Tank Commander
A very interesting interview highlighting some of the difficult tasks Allied troops faced on the D Day landings. Ian was the commander of a squadron
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Don McArthur

Paratrooper
Don McArthur was one of the 9th Airborne Para's who dropped into Normandy to take the Merville Battery out of action on D-Day. But things didn't go...
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Buster Brown

LCF Wireman
Going against his father's wishes, Buster joins the Navy. He confesses to being terrified at the possibility of going down the mines
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Adre Jeziorski

Pilot
Although aware of the seriousness of the situation unfolding around him. Adre remembers his escape from Poland as an adventure.
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