What really happened during the Normandy landings, as told by the men who were there
D-Day took place on Tuesday 6 June 1944. The ambitious military operation saw Allied troops invade German-occupied Normandy in France, and is generally seen as one of the key turning points of the Second World War, eventually leading to Allied victory.
75 years on, using a combination of family stories from the Findmypast Community and original clippings from our newspaper archives, we've unearthed 12 real-life D-Day accounts that paint a vivid picture of what took place on that fateful day. These are the remarkable tales of the people who were on the Normandy beaches and survived to share their stories.
In Good Company
Summing Up the Hun
Staffordshire Advertiser, 5 August 1944Read the full article
"The Water was Red with Blood"
Rescue Below Deck
Manchester Evening News, 21 June 1944Read the full article
Parachutes and Preparations
The Scene From the Ships
Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser, 1 July 1944Read the full article
From Normandy to Norway
Fire Beyond the Beach
"The Most Frightening Experience of My Life"
Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 23 May 1994Read the full article
The First Glider
Shields Daily News, 31 July 1944Read the full article