Let the vets tell their story
Updated on 25 June 2020
Reading time: 2 minutes
In 1944, the world came to Normandy – on both sides. Americans, Brits, Canadians, Belgians, Poles, but also Germans and their acolytes. They came here to fight, and too many to die. They tell us their own story.
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These men lived through a special time when you chose to put your life on the line for fundamental and universal values such as Peace, Freedom, and Democracy. Today they speak out with a single voice: to defend Reconciliation and Peace.
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Watch these videos to meet:
- On Omaha Beach, Bernard Dargols, the most French of all American GIs (died 2019, aged 98)
- A Brit who fell in love with the green pastures of Normandy: David Mylchreest, 96
- A Breton by birth, Norman by adoption, a Frenchman with the Commando group under commander Kieffer : Léon Gautier, 97
- A German Fallschirmjager, or paratrooper, who yearned for the end of the Nazi regime: Johannes Börner, (died 2018 in Ouistreham, aged 95)
- A Belgian veteran of the brave Piron Brigade, who, after Dunkirk, answered the call to the colours in exile in England: Edmond Schmickrath, 96
- A Canadian veteran of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers who was ready to die for the King and Empire: Hugh Buckley (died in 2020, aged 95)
- The driver of a tank in the Polish 1st Armoured Division: Edouard Podyma (died 2018, aged 96)