WHAT a sight met our eyes! As far as we could see, there were ships of all kinds and sizes, and above floated silvery big balloons. Big bombers were passing and repassing in the sky. What a noise everywhere and the smell of burning. Tanks and soldiers are on the road to Asnelles. Is it really true? We are liberated at last."

On June 6 it will be 25 years to the day that two elderly French spinsters, Anai's Georget and Blanche Cardon, wrote those words in their diary. It was Dday, and along the...

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