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D-Day veteran returns to Normandy

Len Smith, D-Day veteran
Len Smith was one of eight brothers to fight in WWII

An 88-year-old D-Day veteran who was one of eight brothers to fight during World War II has returned to the site of the Normandy landings.

Len Smith, of Druids Heath, Birmingham, was one of 16 children and joined the Army aged 18.

His brothers were also survivors of the war.

He said he was determined to go back for the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings but said he feared it would be the last time he would go back.

He said: "I can never understand why I managed to drive straight up on the beach.

"Nothing on earth could have trained you for the experience that you were witnessing with your own eyes and ears."

He added: "I've read lots of stories and some of these stories are really glossy, you know, about all the guts and thunder and that, but I don't like that side of it at all."



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