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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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Women at work, supporting the invasion

Celia Osborne from Eastbourne was a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women's branch of the British Army in wartime. A Lance-Corporal, she volunteered for ''overseas duty'', joining the first major batch of women to land on the Normandy Beaches a month after D-Day.

The Battle of Normandy was still raging. They were dug into covered holes a couple of miles from the beaches. The women were clerks and secretarial staff working on orders issued to the troops as they advanced. Celia boarded a troop ship in Southampton in July 1944 as part of a group of 200 women.

She landed on the Mulberry Harbour at Corselles, after a journey of 24 hours, including a transfer onto a landing craft. The women worked in makeshift offices under canvas. Celia followed the group all the way to Belgium and was there when the war ended.

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