2014年6月5日星期四

D-Day veteran honours war dead as 70th anniversary celebrations begin



  • Hundreds of British Veterans are in Normandy to take part in events to mark the greatest military invasion in history

  • A huge security operation launched as 17 heads of state, including the Queen, prepare to arrive in northern France

  • Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will go to Cafe Gondree, the first place to be liberated in France in 1944


By Wills Robinson



Seventy years ago, this soldier would have been preparing for the most dangerous mission of his life.


Today, he is back on the beaches of Normandy, remembering his fallen comrades alongside more than 650 D-Day veterans who are in France to mark the invasion which changed history.


A huge security operation has been launched as 17 heads of state, including the Queen, prepare to arrive for the celebrations tomorrow.


As part of events today, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will meet old troops of the Glider Pilot Regiment at Pegasus Bridge in northern France, where the first assault of the Allied operation took place.


Salute: Veteran Fred Holborn, from the Fleet Air Arm, looks at British Legion Union flags planted in the sand on Gold beach. Each carries a thank you message to the soldiers who risked their lives during the invasion

Salute: Veteran Fred Holborn, from the Fleet Air Arm, looks at British Legion Union flags planted in the sand on Gold beach. Each carries a thank you message to the soldiers who risked their lives during the invasion


Moment: A French military helicopter passes as the veteran looks at the Union flags planted in the sand on Gold beach. Tomorrow, world leaders, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin will gather in northern France to mark 70 years since the allied landings

Moment: A French military helicopter passes as the veteran looks at the Union flags planted in the sand on Gold beach. Tomorrow, world leaders, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin will gather in northern France to mark 70 years since the allied landings



In an incredible feat of flying immortalised in the 1960s film The Longest Day, a team of Horsa gliders silently landed to take the strategically-vital bridge and another nearby.


Led by Major John Howard, they captured the bridges after a 15-minute skirmish, in which two soldiers were killed and 14 wounded.


Charles and Camilla will be met at the nearby Cafe Gondree, overlooking Pegasus Bridge, the first building to be liberated from Nazi-occupied France.


They will then walk across Pegasus Bridge and be guided to the Glider Pilot Memorial where veterans and serving members will be lined up.


The visit comes as world leaders, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, arrive in Normandy tomorrow for the 70th anniversary.


An international ceremony will held be at Sword Beach, the easternmost of the five landing areas for Allied forces on D-Day.


In a packed day of engagements today, Charles and Camilla will view power boats involved in the Normandy landings and lunch with veterans at Ranville.


Charles - the colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment - will later witness a commemorative parachute drop by British, American, French and Canadian troops.


Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall walk alongside a military officer during a visit to Benouville, northern France. The area was one of the first entered by Allied troops after the Normandy landings

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall walk alongside a military officer during a visit to Benouville, northern France. The area was one of the first entered by Allied troops after the Normandy landings


Remembrance: The Prince of Wales joins a group of Second World War veterans in front of a memorial to fallen troops. Around 10,000 Allied soldiers are said to have died during the invasion

Remembrance: The Prince of Wales joins a group of Second World War veterans in front of a memorial to fallen troops. Around 10,000 Allied soldiers are said to have died during the invasion






Scottish D-Day veteran Jock Hutton, 89, will take part in a tandem jump with one of the Red Devils during the drop at Ranville.

Mr Hutton, who was raised in an orphanage in Bridge of Weir, is one of the last D-Day veterans from his regiment - 13th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment.


A midnight vigil will be held at Pegasus Bridge, marking the moment the gliders made their momentous landing to capture the structure.

Troops from 1st Battalion The Rifles and the Army Air Corps will march across the bridge to Cafe Gondree for a champagne toast and a midnight firework display.


The Princess Royal has also led tributes to the heroes who took part and the many who died in the D-Day landings at the main ceremony in the UK to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion.


Anne, who is commodore in chief of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth area, attended a drumhead service on Southsea Common, Portsmouth, along with veterans and serving members of the armed forces.


The Hampshire naval port was the departure point for the troops heading to Sword Beach, the easternmost of the five beaches targeted in France.


Soaring: A Spitfire and a Grippen both painted with invasion stripes fly over Sword beach in Ouistreham, northern France, marking the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy

Soaring: A Spitfire and a Grippen both painted with invasion stripes fly over Sword beach in Ouistreham, northern France, marking the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy



Remembrance: A volunteer plants the flag in the sand. Around 20,000 are being set up on the beaches where thousands of troops risked their lives against Hitler's forces

Remembrance: A volunteer plants the flag in the sand. Around 20,000 are being set up on the beaches where thousands of troops risked their lives against Hitler's forces


Nearby Southwick House also became the headquarters of the main allied commanders, Admiral Ramsay, General Eisenhower and General Montgomery, as they planned the invasion, codenamed Operation Overlord.


More than 200 veterans and military personnel, including 80 Normandy veterans and representatives from the armed forces of the UK, Canada and France, attended the parade with a marching band which arrived at the common for the drumhead ceremony which involved prayers for those who lost their lives in the military operation.


During the ceremony, an Army cadet in the parade fainted and was supported by their colleagues.


In a message in the order of service, Anne wrote: 'I know the planning and achievement of Operation Overlord is a source of pride in this great city.


'People here are rightly proud of their contributions, and those of their parents and grandparents, to that daunting operation.


"The anniversary of June 6, 1944 will always be an emotional one, with memories of lost comrades, family members, and the large numbers killed in those first days following the Normandy landings.


'They had no idea what they were to face, or what the effect of their efforts would be, but as we now know, D-Day marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War.


'Here in Portsmouth we also remember the sacrifices made by the civilians in a city which had already been bombed but were ready to treat the injured who returned from war, repair vessels in the dockyard, or bring tea to troops as they waited to embark.


'Commemoration of D-Day is obviously important and people will remember it for many years to come but this year is particularly poignant because it will be one of the last milestones on which there will be sizeable numbers of veterans who were there on the day.


'We salute all those involved in Operation Overlord and "We will remember them".'


Flypast: A Lancaster Bomber (left) and a Spitfire (right) soar over the Peagusus Bridge in Benouville, Normandy, France, as part of the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations on both sides of the channel

Flypast: A Lancaster Bomber (left) and a Spitfire (right) soar over the Peagusus Bridge in Benouville, Normandy, France, as part of the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations on both sides of the channel


Gathering: A remembrance ceremony is held at Pegasus Bridge memorial. The structure was one of the first objectives of Operation Deadlock. British troops were instructed to take the bridge intact

Gathering: A remembrance ceremony is held at Pegasus Bridge memorial. The structure was one of the first objectives of Operation Deadlock. British troops were instructed to take the bridge intact


Nations: A European Union, United States and Norwegian flag flutter in the foreground as a Lancaster Bomber speeds past during the RAF memorial routine

Nations: A European Union, United States and Norwegian flag flutter in the foreground as a Lancaster Bomber speeds past during the RAF memorial routine







Commemoration: Soldiers on a vintage jeep drive past Cafe Gondree, the Pegasus Bridge Cafe in Ranville, the first house in France to be liberated during the last hour of June 5 1944

Commemoration: Soldiers on a vintage jeep drive past Cafe Gondree, the Pegasus Bridge Cafe in Ranville, the first house in France to be liberated during the last hour of June 5 1944


Ceremony: Pipers march past the cafe during the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The landings saw 156,000 allied troops launch an attack on the beaches of Normandy

Ceremony: Pipers march past the cafe during the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The landings saw 156,000 allied troops launch an attack on the beaches of Normandy


Proud: A solider sits in front of a Union Jack as he is greeted by the crowd. The UK and the US were two of the countries involved in the surge

Proud: A solider sits in front of a Union Jack as he is greeted by the crowd. The UK and the US were two of the countries involved in the surge


Duty: British soldiers stand next to their weapons placed on the ground, in front of Bayeux's war cemetery, northern France

Duty: British soldiers stand next to their weapons placed on the ground, in front of Bayeux's war cemetery, northern France


The weapons are lined up in row parallel to the memorial. Tomorrow will mark 70 years since the launch of Operation Overload which led to Hitler's downfall

The weapons are lined up in row parallel to the memorial. Tomorrow will mark 70 years since the launch of Operation Overload which led to Hitler's downfall


Hero: British Second World War veteran Anthony Pratt from the Royal Marines, 89, speaks with a priest during a visit to Bayeux's war cemetery

Hero: British Second World War veteran Anthony Pratt from the Royal Marines, 89, speaks with a priest during a visit to Bayeux's war cemetery


Memories: He visited the gravestones of former comrades who are buried. The veteran was involved in the operation which led to the liberation of France and eventually victory for Allied forces in the Second World War

Memories: He visited the gravestones of former comrades who are buried. The veteran was involved in the operation which led to the liberation of France and eventually victory for Allied forces in the Second World War


Tribute: Former Royal Marine Mr Pratt heads towards a memorial as a companion carries a wreath of flowers, carrying a message

Tribute: Former Royal Marine Mr Pratt heads towards a memorial as a companion carries a wreath of flowers, carrying a message





Preparation: A groundsman trims the grass in the German cemetery in La Cambe, in Normandy, France. The 70th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day, will be marked on 06 June 2014 with world leaders gathering for an international ceremony in Ouistreham

Preparation: A groundsman trims the grass in the German cemetery in La Cambe, in Normandy, France. The 70th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day, will be marked on 06 June 2014 with world leaders gathering for an international ceremony in Ouistreham


Mark of respect: Two visitors walk among gravestones at the German Cemetery where approximately 21,000 German soldiers from the Second World War are buried

Mark of respect: Two visitors walk among gravestones at the German Cemetery where approximately 21,000 German soldiers from the Second World War are buried


Serving troops: Australian officers sit during a visit to Bayeux's war cemetery ahead of the commemorations which begin tomorrow

Serving troops: Australian officers sit during a visit to Bayeux's war cemetery ahead of the commemorations which begin tomorrow



















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