Grim view. Especially if you are just about to die.
Normandy 6 June 1944
It is said that Allied assault troops were so ill with acute seasickness after hours crossing the Channel in tiny landing craft that the prospect of a beach assault was the preferable option.
Hard to imagine.
Cold, wet, laden down with kit, knowing this may well be your last day – last hour – on earth. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
No doubt there were men from Wapping who assaulted the beaches on D Day.
Those men would have drunk in the same pubs as we do, chatted on a street corner as we do.
Brought up in the Blitz they were much tougher than we were. But still young men.
Some would have returned to Wapping to work on the docks. Many would not.
“For your tomorrow we gave our today”
Today on the 70th anniversary of D-Day we will go about our usual routine and grumble about the bus being packed or our coffee being not quite as ordered.
As we do we remember those who died so we are free to grumble.
And maybe enjoy your day a little more.
BBC radio D-Day bulletins to be broadcast
The BBC coverage of the D-Day anniversary will include new recordings of the original BBC radio bulletins of 6th June 1944. They will be read at the same time of day as their original transmission so keep an ear cocked as you listen to Today, The World at One, PM, The World Tonight and others. . Here’s a sample (opens in new window).