The following story was recently presented on my other world-renowned blog, '1000 Men, 1000 Stories', home to stories, videos, audio files, and photographs that relate to Canadian men who served in RCNVR and Combined Operations during WW2. Eye witness accounts are a standard feature of the website.
OPERATION NEPTUNE, June 6, 1944
By Clayton Marks, RCNVR and Combined Operations
some 156,000 Allied troops landed on five beaches along the Normandy coast.
Photo Credit - Imperial War Museum
Shortly after Combined Operations was printed and distributed, e.g., at Navy or Combined Operations' reunions, two other related texts were inspired, full of stories written by Canadian volunteers and veterans of the Combined Ops organization. Two volumes of stories are entitled St. Nazaire to Singapore: The Canadian Amphibious War 1941 - 1945, are extremely difficult to find, but can be borrowed from or viewed at some libraries and museums (e.g., Toronto Public Library, Ottawa War Museum) , and can be viewed online, story by story, at St. Nazaire to Singapore.
OVERLORD, D-DAY - OPERATION NEPTUNE, Parts 1 - 6
NEPTUNE Part 1 - Assembly of Fighting Vessels
NEPTUNE Part 2 - Mighty Resources
NEPTUNE Part 3 - Canadian Ships Take Their Stations
NEPTUNE Part 4 - Canadian Landing Craft Hit the Beaches
NEPTUNE Part 5 - Canadians Wait for More Work
NEPTUNE Part 6 - The Hardest Worked Craft
Photo credit - From The Canadians at War, 1939/45
Please link to Story: Canada's Early Days in Combined Ops