“Ik overleefde D-day en dronk voor het eerst champagne”

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Vandaag en morgen wordt D-day herdacht, precies 75 jaar geleden. Zowel in het Engelse Portmouth als in Normandië vinden de plechtigheden plaats waarbij o.a. de Amerikaanse en Franse president aanwezig zullen zijn. Op de website van de BBC staat het verhaal van de 96-jaar oude Jake Larson die met zijn eenheid de landing meemaakte.

Larson: “Man, I was so tired!” he remembers. “No-one had slept on the 4th or 5th [of June] and the seas were so rough we were turning and turning and everyone was sick. But on 6 June, maybe around 06:30, it was time to go in and here we were landing at Omaha beach with the water up to our necks and machine-gun fire on all sides. It was a shooting gallery.”

Volgens de veteraan was de inhoud van een fles champagne de beste manier om te kunnen slapen:

“I used to drink a whole bottle of that champagne every morning! We were out in the open and they (the Germans) were shooting at us and we were shooting back – and the noise! And I needed to sleep! Well that champagne was quite a thing – you drink a bottle of that and you could fall asleep! It was amazing stuff!”

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