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D-Day veterans immortalised in poignant photographs captured back on the battlefields where they fought

William Bray is one of the veterans in the exhibition. Photo: Robin Savage

Their heroism helped change the course of the second world war, and now some of the surviving D-Day veterans have been immortalised in a series of photographs taken at the places where they fought.

The collection of pictures, titled 'Last of the Liberators', was unveiled at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire today to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

Nick Archdale was with The Parachute Regiment on D-Day.

He was dropped behind enemy lines and fought to take a bridge key for the Allied advance.

Nick Archdale was with The Parachute Regiment on D-Day. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I was very lucky. A bullet hit a wall right beside my left eye and temporarily blinded me.

You didn't have time to be frightened, it was cowboys and indians with real bullets."

– Nick Archdale, 7th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment

And it's by that very wall that Nick is photographed.

Nick Archdale was photographed by the wall where he nearly lost his life. Credit: Robin Savage

He is one of 15 veterans taken back to be pictured in a place that has personal significance to their D-Day story.

Geoff Pattinson was also parachuted into occupied France. Out on patrol he came face to face with German soldiers who started shooting.

Geoff Pattinson ran into the stable for cover. Credit: Robin Savage

They ran into the stable for cover, but Geoff was shot and injured.

"I thought "this is it, I'm stuck here."

I was expecting that any minute they were going to be right up by the door and firing straight through the opening onto the floor where I was lying."

– Geoff Pattinson, 9th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment

The photographer who thought the project up has now written a book about the veterans and their stories.

The book is titled the 'Last of the Liberators'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Geoff and Nick will be returning to Normandy for the 70th anniversary celebrations.

Although it's painful, they know it's something they must do.

The stories will be immortalised in the pictures. Credit: Robin Savage

Some of the stories at least, will now be immortalised in these pictures.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer