June 6 (D-Day) to June 8, 1944

June 6/44 – “D” Day – All excitement here – all we see though are the rows and rows of Naval craft with smoke screens. Do not know when our turn comes, but soon I think. We have had two shell warnings as convoys passed through the Straits of Dover. Saw one large ship receive a direct hit and burst into flames. Tonight a very large convoy of troop ships escorted by destroyers passed – shielded by a most wonderful smoke screen. This afternoon the Padre gave a special prayer to the personnel of 3rd CCS and ourselves for “D” Day. We are all listening for every world over the radio, but even yet, have not any very definite information.

Normandy invasion 1944.

Normandy invasion 1944.


June 7 – Word continues good from France, we are completing our loading and I am also busy constructing boat ambulances for general army use. Had to go to Maidstone and Faversham inspecting boats today. Still the large convoys continue through the Straits of Dover past our door. When each convoy passes through the Straits the German guns open up from the shores of France.

June 8 – At 12 midnight tonight – we on 6 hours notice embarkation. Muster parade this afternoon. All in readiness now, just waiting for final order. It may not come for a few days. Still do not know whether Ralph is coming with me or not. I have had my warning parades and am now completely packed – we go on 6 hours notice at midnight tonight. Have been working on the boats today – if we do not move we can have them ready in two days time. The boys are having a dance tonight.

Canadian soldiers who were wounded in the Normandy beachhead being carried off a Landing Ship Tank (LST), Southampton, England, 8 June 1944. Credit: Lieut. Michael M. Dean / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-131437

Canadian soldiers who were wounded in the Normandy beachhead being carried off a Landing Ship Tank (LST), Southampton, England, 8 June 1944.
Credit: Lieut. Michael M. Dean / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-131437

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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