Alan Higgins - D-Day Landings

D-Day Landings – June 1944

I was part of the Landing Craft Infantry on D-Day. A number of troops were killed and wounded by shell fire before we reached the beach at 7.30am. After putting them aboard a larger warship for burial and medical treatment, we went back to Newhaven for our daily taking of, in their own words, ‘200 reinforcements’, which went on until the end of June. In August 1944, I left the Landing Craft Infantry and was drafted to HMS Westcliff, a Combined Operations barracks near Southend-on-Sea. For four months, we were under continuous attack by V1s and V2s. In December, I was in Naples where we did odd jobs for the army. Just before VE Day, we took 200 Partisan troops from Barletta on the Adriatic to Yugoslavia for Marshall Tito to fight the occupying Germans.

Submitted by Alan Higgins

Photo: Alan Higgins, who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War

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