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D-Day (Operation Overlord)
Personal Account of D-Day from Bob Littlar
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Personal Account of D-Day from Bob Littlar
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Speech by Eisenhower if D-Day failed
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Death Toll after Operation Overlord
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Source Rationale:  This document is the personal account of Bob Littler.  Bob Littlar volunteered for the army one year before D-Day.  Littler was a corporal in the Second Battalion of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.  This source fits in because it gives another personal account of the events that took place on June 6, 1944.  This source kind of refutes our thesis since he did not land in the right spot when jumping out of the plane.  This points us in a new direction of the where the troops actually landed on D-Day.  We found this source using the internet. 

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'A visit by Ike Eisenhower'

You know, he got out and he walked along the lines reviewing us, like all these dignitaries do. You know - 'Gather round and I'll give you a talk'.

Same sort of trick as old Monty used to do ... gather round, get on the bonnet of a jeep, and tell you all about it perhaps. And it was very nice to get him for the day, and ... that was it. I mean, when he said how good we were, we could go home.

You know, the way he put it, you knew you were part of a group job. You know, and he told us that, I mean, you're not the only chaps, you've got aeroplanes and ... naval power and all that sort of stuff, to do this job.

He put it over very well. Very moral boosting I thought. One of the better speeches.

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'A horrible death'

I came round the corner and, bang! And a chap from W Company was hit. Not only hit, he's either been hit with a tracer or an incendiary bullet, or a phosphorus bullet, and the whole of his bandolier - he's got two bandoliers, which is sort of 50 rounds in each bandolier, strapped round his waist, so if he had to get rid of his pack, or his assault jerkin, and he's still got the ammunition, you see, whhaaww. And that's how he died.

And I thought, and I was on my own on the left-hand side the river, so the rest of the chaps went behind me. And I turned, and I thought the fire had come from the farm on my left. So I opened up with a Sten, about a magazine and a half - took all the windows out.

But of course they don't fire, they fire from ground level. You only learn these things ... it's teaching on the job you could call it.

And the company commander from this chap on the right came up, and he got his grenade in his hand, and I saw he was hit immediately, the same second ... within two or three seconds he was hit, in the shoulder. And I saw him change the grenade from one hand to the other and chuck it over the wall. He thought it came from there, but I think it actually came from the church further up.

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'Where the mind is'

I can't say about the injured or killed, quite honestly, you're concentrating on your own well being, if that's a word I can use. Your mind concentrates on your own position.

Basically, 'I don't like this much' was going through my mind, and 'we shouldn't be here', because it's not going to do any good. I mean, that's how you feel ... you're in a trap, with that type of fire coming at you. And I was very relieved when we were ordered back across the road, out of it.

Yeah, we were trapped, I should imagine, in that wood like that. That's all I can think, because I couldn't see any way that we were going to go forward from there. 'What's the point of being there' is at the back of your mind, because you're just going to get hurt. There probably were casualties, but really, as I say, you're concentrating on your own ... you always do ... on your own situation.

That's the first priority in the whole of your existence, I think, and, as I say, I was hiding behind the trunks of these saplings and it was no, no help. I have to say it didn't help, I mean, everything burst in the trees and it wasn't any help to you at all. No I didn't like it a bit there.

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