D Day Stories | Stories of War | The Royal Mint

A story of respect, terror, comradery and war… D-Day veteran Alan King shares his stories and memories of war.

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Corporal Woodrow served in 652 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. On D-Day he had to wade through four feet of seawater in full kit just to make it on to Sword beach where his regiment was met with a hail of fire.  

Idwal Symmonds served as a Royal Marines Commando. He was just 19 when D-Day took place. After fighting their way off Juno beach, his company were forced to surrender in a cornfield. Hitler had ordered any commandos caught behind enemy lines be shot. Arguing they were on a military mission and not a sabotage operation, they faced a terrifying wait before the reprieve came through. Idwal spent a year as a Prisoner of War in a POW camp in Poland enduring terrible conditions.

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