On 6th June 1944, an Allied force of 156,000 troops converged on the Normandy coastline, landing on the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. This mass operation of air, land and sea involved months of meticulous planning, a fog of secrecy and the bravery of every soldier involved. D-Day, and the Normandy campaign which followed it, paved the way for the liberation of North-West Europe and ushered on the close of the Second World War. In that same year, our charity was formed to honour the sacrifices of those who fought.
To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we are sharing four Tales From 1944 which bring to life some of the stories, places and people involved in the Normandy landings. Each tale is a testament to the bravery of the soldiers who fought to shape our world. If you, a friend or family member have your own D-Day tale to tell, share your story on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TalesFrom1944.