Charles Eagles – Film 1Charles Eagles was a handy boxer when he got his call up papers. His fighting spirit got him into trouble on a few occasions but undoubtedly got him through the war in France.
Charles Eagles – Film 2Charles joins the Commandos and recalls brutal training to the point of exhaustion every time. On one exercise he is hospitalised and forced to make some difficult decisions.
Charles Eagles – Film 3In March 1944 Charles is asked if hell join S Company. A special group of Commandos that will deal with mines, booby traps and explosives. In this film he recalls specialist training and the build up to D Day.
Charles Eagles – Film 4Charles recalls the tension just before D Day. Then his moment comes. His landing craft hits the sand on Gold beach at 09.30. Its an inauspicious start because when he hits the water hes submerged and is forced to let go of all his explosives. Its stirring stuff.
Charles Eagles – Film 5The platoon now has to make its way inland. Every bend in the road was a possible ambush so progress is painfully slow.
Charles Eagles – Film 6D Day plus 2 and mines become a problem so Charles and his team are called into action. He explains how they were defused. Then its onto Langere?? and a particularly brutal day unfolds when the Durhams are decimated by German spandoes and his friend is hit. The worst day in Charless life.
Charles Eagles – Film 8Charles lightening reactions save his life when he awakes to see a German with a gun on him. He also talks about the long term effect it had on him.
Charles Eagles – Film 9Charles talks about a incredible incident where one of his men is stood on a mine and he has to try and diffuse it.
Charles Eagles – Film 10Charless luck runs out when a mine is missed and hes blown into a tree. When he eventually recovers hes sent to Berlin just a few days after the war is over. Here he witnesses the barbarism of the Russians first hand.