My first impression of the beach is that there were very few people there.
Then, on landing, I could see hundreds of soldiers scattered out and lying flat.
Every now and then a few would get up, run forward and fall flat again. My first shell came whistling in and I hit the sand too…
– Field director, American Red Cross
D-Day. Even 75 years later, it brings up strong feelings and, for some, strong memories.
D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history. On 6 June 1944, over 150,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in France.
Combined with major Soviet military action on the eastern front, it helped end the war in Europe.
The Red Cross was there, too, and we were involved at every stage, from planning supply chains to caring for wounded soldiers.