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"Before Normandy I'd served two and a half years in the desert, with the Eighth Army at El Alamein in 1942 and into Tunis, before coming back to England in 1943 to be trained for D Day. In a way I was battle hardened I'd seen a lot of action already. But it never crossed my mind to think I'd 'done enough'. I always wanted to be a solider, that was it, kill or be killed.
the Mobile Light Anti Aircraft regiment.
Now 91 and a grandfather of three, the retired sales rep lives in Killamarsh, and is treasurer of the Sheffield branch of the Normandy Veterans' Association.
"From Salisbury Plain I went to Thoresby Park, Bainbridge, and Cumbria. It became apparent when we moved down south again, to Ashford in Kent, that something serious was in the offing. But we carried on with on the job training, the maintenance of vehicles, map reading, camouflaging. We didn't go down to our port of embarkation until the end of June.
Doug Austin, now 90, was 20 when he landed on Gold beach on June 30, 24 days after D Day, with the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers. The retired Trusthouse Forte garages executive, who worked on the opening of Woodall Services in 1968, lives in Harthill.
"I always wanted to be a soldier, so I joined the TA at 16 though a letter 'from my mum' I'd written myself said I was 17.
on the beaches from the day before, but there were tanks flying around and hundreds of ships in the sea.
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"The worst part was worrying I was going to get stuck, or if the lorry would make it being so wet. We had been told to seal every part of our vehicles with gum, and luckily that meant I made it to land.
"I finished up on VE Day, May 8, 1945, on the Baltic.
"In the end we sailed from Portsmouth to Gold beach, and we landed when the tide was out. There were still some vehicles on the beach, and the Mulberry Harbour, but there wasn't much time for looking around. We just got inland quickly.
"We were dropped hundreds of yards from the beach, way out in the sea, and I had to drive my lorry through the water to reach dry land. I was frightened to death.
Day veterans relive experiences on 70th anniversary
"I spent my 21st birthday on July 23 in Normandy, and then the big event was the Battle of Falaise Gap in the August. After that we went on through Belgium and Holland.
"In Normandy I was a driver and radio operator responsible for telegrams and wirelesses.
"The memory that sticks in my mind more than anything is that of the beachmaster a 6ft 6ins hulk of a man directing the traffic with a megaphone.
"Going back this week, seeing Gold beach and Caen, is moving but really Egypt is the more emotional place for me. I had a friend killed there, Fred Hooper, aged 18, from Liverpool, and I've visited his grave.
"After that I signed up for 22 years in the Army, although in the end I only did 18. I left in 1960 I spent three years in Hong Kong and my last posting was Germany.
"I'd been called up aged 19 I got a year's grace because my father had died and I was the eldest of the family.
fibbed about his age to join the TA aged 16 in 1939.
"I heard about D Day on the radio, same as anyone else. I was apprehensive about going there myself, actually hoping we would miss it.
"I met my wife, Lieselotte, in Germany in 1949. We kept in touch through letters and got married in 1955 in Hong Kong. Sadly she died in 2006.
"I was attached to the third tank battalion Scots Guards, part of the 6th guards tank brigade. When I was posted to Salisbury Plain for training the popular song at the time was Bing Crosby's You Are My Sunshine.
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"I've only been back to Normandy once since, for the 60th anniversary.
I FEEL PRIVILEGED I HAVE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY DOUG AUSTIN'S STORY
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