If there is any immortality to be won in war, then the men who fought across Normandy in the summer of 1944 will be celebrated for as long as those who struggled at Waterloo or the Somme. The scale of the battle was vast; the prize was the freedom of Western Europe.By John Bemrose6 min
ANTHONY WILSON-SMITH IN ST-MARTIN-DES-ENTREES One of the aircraft was low, too low. That was all too evident to Robert Levoir, even though he was almost two kilometres away, and had been startled by the sudden appearance of five fighter planes dropping from the sky.
On D-Day, Lionel Shapiro—who 12 years later won a Governor General’s Award for his 1955 war novel The Sixth of June—landed on the Normandy beaches as the fighting raged. Working for the Montreal Gazette and on retainer to Maclean’s, he filed his first magazine story on the invasion 10 days after the landing.
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