‘I’m laying with six dead guys around me’: D-Day veteran recalls the day he stormed Normandy beach in World War II turning point

Joris Nieuwint


Sixty-seven years ago, American soldier Walter Ehlers landed on a Normandy beach in France, leading a squad of 12 men on D-Day who had no battle experience and had spent their Army tours entertaining the troops.

Ehlers’s squad scrambled up the beach under heavy fire, and all his men survived that historic turning point of June 6, 1944.

Over 9,000 Allied soldiers died or were wounded. Ehlers’s own brother, Roland, was among those killed on another part of the French coastline.

Read more: Daily Mail

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