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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Clearing the beaches for the Allied advance

Ian Hammerton from Dartford was a Lieutenant and Tank Commander on D-Day. He was in charge of a number of flail tanks during the attack. These are tanks which have weighted chains on the front of them, placed on top a revolving drum. They thrash the ground ahead to clear mines.

His section was among the first wave to land on Juno Beach on the morning of 6th June 1944. Mr Hammerton still has the military maps - marked Top Secret - he was given before he left to take part in the invasion

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