Seventy years ago Nazi bullets did not deter British D-Day veterans as they struggled up the beaches of Normandy in June 1944.
It was the turning point in the Second World War and June 6 has become known as 'The Longest Day'.
But veterans wishing to return to the beaches mark the 70th anniversary this summer are facing a new enemy - French bureaucracy.
Veterans - some more than 90 years old - have been forced to fill in reams of forms to apply for permission to attend the ceremonies.
ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:
Veteran Wally Beall helped land an American tanks on Utah beach as a young electrician in the Royal Navy. But the spry 90-year-old is irritated the anniversary is now mired in red tape.
He told ITV News: "It sees completely unnecessary, as we have been before many times."
His message to the French bureaucrats is simple: "We're coming anyway."