The Dawn of the Longest Day

Parade_Ho

Badgeman
My Gampy Scott flew in by glider at Normandy, my other Grampy was in Italy.

Today I count myself lucky still and thank my Grampy's and those like them for what I have today.

RIP I know I will always remember

Tommo, I'm posting this on the main site rather than PM you in case it may be of interest to others but you mentioned your Granfather who saw service in Italy. Through my day job, I have a long standing link with the Italy Star Association who hold their annual reunion in the Chichester area in May each year. This year, the 'D Day Dodgers' 'First into Europe' as they like to call themselves celebrated the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Sicily and Italy, next year, they are making plans for a tour and pilgrimage of Monte Cassino and the 70th Anniversary of the Battles of Monte Cassino. They are very active in wanting to recruit friends, relatives of holders of the Italy Star to keep the memory alive of that sometimes forgotten campaign 'Who said Italy was going to be warm and dry' as a 90 yr old said to me this year. 27 of the veterans were 'on parade' this year. If anyone would like to join the Italy Star Association here are the contact details or PM me. Thanks for reading this. Italy Star Association 1943-1945
 

FireMonkey

Lantern Swinger
Divers pay was well earned on that day!

I have nothing but the utmost respect for that generation. I would love to stand up with pride and say that my grandparents were there on the beaches of D-day, but unfortunately one granddad was a crab living the life in sierra leone and the other couldn't serve for medical reasons.

Nice little British Pathe video on LCOCU

NAVAL FROGMEN - LCOCU - British Pathé
 
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tommo

War Hero
Tommo, I'm posting this on the main site rather than PM you in case it may be of interest to others but you mentioned your Granfather who saw service in Italy. Through my day job, I have a long standing link with the Italy Star Association who hold their annual reunion in the Chichester area in May each year. This year, the 'D Day Dodgers' 'First into Europe' as they like to call themselves celebrated the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Sicily and Italy, next year, they are making plans for a tour and pilgrimage of Monte Cassino and the 70th Anniversary of the Battles of Monte Cassino. They are very active in wanting to recruit friends, relatives of holders of the Italy Star to keep the memory alive of that sometimes forgotten campaign 'Who said Italy was going to be warm and dry' as a 90 yr old said to me this year. 27 of the veterans were 'on parade' this year. If anyone would like to join the Italy Star Association here are the contact details or PM me. Thanks for reading this. Italy Star Association 1943-1945

Thank you for that. I will pass the info on to my father as it was his dad who fought in Dunkirk, Africa and then Italy. He died when I was 1 year old in '79. My mothers father fought in Dunkirk, D-Day, Arnhem, hidden by a farmer then helped to liberate Belsen. He later lost his right leg to gangrene when the shracknel that remained in his leg after the war effected him in his 70's. He was recruiting SGT at Redruth Army Recruitment office in the 50's
 
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lsadirty

War Hero
If we are raising a toast, then I'll have a sip and raise my glass to my grandfather who landed on Sword beach on D Day. Brave buggers the lot of them.
And me - Dad landed with the Hampshires (sorry Dad, ROYAL Hampshires). Only time he'd ever talk about it was on New Year's Eve, when he'd had a few. He still cursed the Elmer boat driver, who promised to put them on the beach feet dry, hit a sandbar, and reversed from underneath them, leaving them chest deep a long way from shore, with "every ferkin German gun in France shooting at me personally". So here's to you Dad, and all those who went with you. You might not have won medals for gallantry. but you and all the other lads were heroes to me - and always will be.
 

Guns

War Hero
Moderator
My Grandad was SAS during the war and I once asked him if he was on the landings. He gave some vague answer. It wasn't till I want to join the Navy and then once I had that he full opened up.

For months prior to D-Day he had been behind enemy lines doing recon etc. On D-Day he and his men were allowed to go and spread confusion. In fact he arrived at a small village in Normandy to find the Germans wanted to surrender to him and his three oppos. So he order the 50 Germans to drop their arms in the river and go to the large barn. He then radioed to get troops to come and secure the village. Of course he couldn't raise anyone so got the locals to pass a message and eventually some Yanks turned up.

Here is a photo of him just after D-Day with his jeep.

Edited to add - still a shit beret Grandad
PS - Miss you.
 

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