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.