D-Day 70 – The Greatest Generation

Today is the 6th June and we rightly remember and commemorate the actions of a generation who 70 years ago gave everything of themselves so that we may truly be free. On the 6th June 1944 130 thousand Allied troops took part in the largest and most successful amphibious military invasion in history. Through their sacrifice and willingness to do what was horrific and brutal but ultimately so necessary we can all now enjoy a life of freedom impossible without their actions. I believe they are the last Greatest Generation who fought the last truly honorable war in history.

To those who died and those who survived I say an inadequate but heartfelt “thank you” for doing what you did and for giving me and my family the freedom to be able to question and dissent against the prevailing view. The word “Hero” is nowadays used so often and in the wrong context that it is in danger of loosing its true power, in order to find the real definition we only have to look at what you did and stand in awe and wonder.

I made these images 10 years ago at the 60th Anniversary and they stand as my personal memorial to all those men.

 

Gold Beach

The modern view of the first houses to be liberated on Gold Beach on D-Day.

 

Images made on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day at Arromanche Gold Beach

On Gold Beach

 

Images made on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day at Arromanche Gold Beach

View from Arromanches onto Gold beach and the remains of the Mulberry Harbour.

 

Images made on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day at Arromanche Gold Beach

Jack Tilley 79 from London now living in Norway, a Royal Marine of 19 on D-Day who say service on Sword Beach and Albert Lewis 83 from Bethnal Green in London who served in 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment was dropped further south as a diversion for D-Day.

 

Images made on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day at Arromanche Gold Beach

A young girl watches on as a modern Landing Craft arrive on Arromanches Beach during a reenactment for the 60th Anniversary

 

Images made on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day at Arromanche Gold Beach

Military enthusiast in the dress of a US Soldier on D-Day

 

Images made on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day at Arromanche Gold Beach

D-Day flypast

 

Images made on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day at Arromanche Gold Beach

Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery

3 thoughts on “D-Day 70 – The Greatest Generation

  1. Giles, as always – true works of art and lest we forget these heroes and the millions more in modern day warfare. What a tragic loss of life. Love Nicky

  2. Giles , what a co-incidence , also met Jack and Albert when I went to the 60th in Normandy – great men. Will link your blog to the story I am just blogging . Really good photos – compliments
    Rgds
    Tim

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