To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we’re asking Telegraph readers to send us their stories from the conflict.
On Tuesday 6 June 1944, nearly 75 years ago to the day, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to repel the Nazi war machine from northern France. It would become the largest seaborne invasion in history.
The military operation was years in planning, lasted over twenty days and gave the Allies a foothold that ultimately led to the liberation of Western Europe from Hitler’s rule. The beaches along the Normandy coastline are still referred to on maps and signposts by their invasion codenames and numerous cemeteries marking the sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives in the conflict can be found in the surrounding area.
To mark the D-Day landings, former Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson earlier this year wrote an open letter to veterans inviting them to take part in the 75th anniversary commemorations. In the letter, he wrote: “It is our intention that this June we show you, our special generation, that we will never forget the debt we owe for the peace and freedom we now enjoy.”
It is of the utmost importance that we, the British public – as friends, relatives and descendants of the many brave soldiers who served our country – pay tribute to them and take the opportunity to celebrate their history, through stories and physical artefacts from the time, to understand those who lived through it and how it has impacted not only British, but world history.
With that in mind, and to mark the 75th anniversary, the Telegraph is asking its readers to send us their stories passed down from D-Day. Many of our readers will have had relatives and loved ones who also worked, fought and lived through the battle, while others might even be survivors.
It’s these stories we want to hear and to tell. Using your letters, keepsakes and memories we hope to create a snapshot of life during the conflict and a worthy tribute to those who fought, lived and made the ultimate sacrifice on those fateful days in history.
Send your D-Day letters, documents and memories in text or image format to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured in our commemorative project. We ask that readers do not send us physical items as we cannot guarantee their safe arrival or return.