Large format. 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings: some final testimonies

Large format. 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings: some final testimonies
Large format. 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings: some final testimonies

For the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, La Presse de la Manche is drawing on its documentary collection and its special editions to publish several large formats per day until June.

Louis Hervelin (3e left) with the crew of his Liberator bomber. (©Private collection)

By

Frédéric Patard

Published on

May 13, 2024 at 3:17 p.m.

After our previous series retracing all the major episodes and themes of the Landings and the Battle of Normandy, we continue to publish the testimonies of those who lived through these historic moments.

Our latest series of testimonies features seven people speaking.

Seven testimonies

  • Henri-Jean Renaud was in Sainte-Mère-Eglise the night of June 5 to 6. He recounts this historic night and the days that followed with precision and emotion.
  • In Picauville, Charles Lahaye found himself in the middle of the fighting and bombings.
  • A little further away, in Chef-du-Pont and Pont l’Abbé, Paulette Carru also finds herself in the middle of a fight!
  • Back in Picauville, Marguerite Catherine was terrified by the bombings.
  • Among the Gilles, Roger, Suzanne and Jack share a common history with an American nurse who attended Jack’s birth on June 25, 1944 in an American military hospital in Carquebut.
  • Alex Lacombe, was at the arpète school at the Cherbourg arsenal, evacuated to Gouville-sur-Mer in 1943. With his family, he went down to the Dordogne to escape the fighting which was devastating Normandy!
  • Finally, Louis Hervelin was on board a Halifax bomber which carried out several missions over Normandy on June 6: historic and difficult moments.

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