“I think what war teaches you is how fantastic human hate can be. Because it’s clearly insane, really, this spectacle of men and machines trying to destroy one another. It’s really quite hideously insane. And one wonders whether there is any future for an animal that can do this.”
– 2nd Lieutenant David Holbrook, East Yorkshire Yeomanry – D-Day Survivor
“By and large, it didn’t enter my head that it was a war; it was just something that was happening, something that was just going on. If somebody had put their hand down and picked me out of it and said, “right, now this is a battle, what is happening?” I couldn’t have told them; all I could have said was we’re going forward.”
– Pvt. Dennis Bowen, East Yorkshire Regiment, D-Day survivor.
“I was in truth cold, frightened, confused, terribly tired, and hungry, not a very brave soldier who had been cast into a nightmarish world of awful reality.”
– Sapper A.J. Lane, Royal Engineers, D-Day survivor.
“I really thought that was my last day, but you don’t want your friends to know that you’re afraid, so you bluff, you know, act big and tough, but really you’re scared to death.”
– Sgt. Robert Slaughter – D-Day Survivor