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D-Day remembered: 70 years since the battle on the beaches

On the 6th June 1944, an Allied force of British, American and Canadian troops carried out the largest seaborne invasion in history, landing on the beaches of Normandy in France to begin the liberation of Axis-occupied Europe.

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Brothers in arms on board HMS Frobisher

Ernie and Johnny Dale from Maidstone were one of two sets of brothers serving on board HMS Frobisher off the Normandy beaches on D-Day. Ernie manned a gun on deck while Johnny was an ammunition worker below decks.

Frobisher was given specific targets - German bun batteries - to destroy. She was allocated to Support Force D off Sword Beach on D-Day to give covering fire to the landing troops. Later she was a depot ship and helped take the wounded on board.

Working in different parts of the ship, they sometimes found it difficult to keep track of each other. They've been sharing their recollections with Meridian ahead of today's anniversary.

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