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I am writing to you in response to a letter about Operation Overlord (Letters, May 2016). As one who took part in that operation – landing on Gold Beach on Tuesday 6 June 1944 – I was a member of a small unit of Royal Corps of Signals, whose job was to maintain temporary communications with the different regiments on the beachhead. I was a wireless operator.

The events of that day are etched very clearly on my memory (I am nearly 92 years of age now). I was fortunate to cross the beach unharmed, apart from some shrapnel in my leg, but a few of my mates never made it. Shortly after the landings, we were sent to Arromanches, where work had started in constructing the Mulberry Harbour.

“I was fortunate to cross the beach unharmed, apart from some shrapnel in my leg”

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