D-Day: The Veteran Who Disobeyed His Captain To Save A Comrade's Life

D-Day: The Veteran Who Disobeyed His Captain To Save A Comrade's Life

A D-Day veteran has told how he disobeyed his Captain’s orders to save a young soldier’s life as troops stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago.

Ron Wilson, now aged 94, is among up to 300 veterans, aged in their 90s and some aged over 100, who have set sail from Dover to France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day operation.

When he set sail 75 years ago, he played a part in the largest seaborne invasion in history that included a fleet of more than 7,000 vessels storming across the English Channel.

The D-Day Battle for Normandy cost thousands of Allied forces’ lives but was a decisive turning point in the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

Ron has joined veterans from all over the United Kingdom to make the journey to Normandy for the anniversary commemoration – sailing to France aboard the cruise ship MV Boudicca, charted by the Royal British Legion.

Describing how he felt now as the cruise ship sailed across the English Channel, Ron said the journey was “Emotional of course.”


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