D-Day Anniversary: 'We had a funeral every day'

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D-Day Anniversary: 'We had a funeral every day'
A visitor walks amongst graves in the German cemetery in La Cambe, in Normandy, France. Photo: DPA

James Sansom landed on the beaches of Normandy just days after D-Day, but soon found himself being held as a prisoner of war, praying for the allied advance. His memories are the second part of our series marking the 70 anniversary of the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany.


It was deceptively calm when 22-year-old James F. Sansom drove ashore in Normandy on June 11th,1944.

He was on Omaha Beach, which just five days prior had seen some of the heaviest fighting and biggest losses of the allied invasion of France. By his arrival it was a logistical hive of men, machines and supplies.

“There was still tank traps and pill boxes,” Sansom, 92, told The Local in an interview. “But things were reasonably quiet.”

Sansom’s luck would hold until that winter, when a massive surprise offensive from the Germans showed him another side of the war. At one of the lowest points during his captivity he would attend a funeral every day for a month.

Read the full article on our French site, The Local France



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