ARMY FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHIC UNIT VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, 2005
Former AFPU sergeant George Laws photographed by WO Giles Penfound, Chief Photographer of the successor to the AFPU, the Royal Logistic Corps Media Operations Unit, for a project to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Mr Laws, one of the AFPU camermen who landed with the first wave on D Day in 1944, is shown holding an enlargement of one of his D Day photographs which was reproduced on a commemorative Royal Mail stamp for the 40th anniversary of D-Day in 1994.
George Laws served with the Royal Corps of Signals from 1939 until transferring to the AFPU in 1942. Equally at home using a cine or still photography camera, he was posted to No 5 Section during the preparations for the Normandy landings. On D Day, he landed at 07.45am at Sword Beach with No 4 Commando Unit. His cine camera failed early on in the landings, so he concentrated on still photography for the rest of the day. He continued to cover the Allied advance across Europe to Berlin until 2 June 1945. His assignments during this time included the liberation of Belsen. After the war, George Laws worked for the Daily Mirror newspaper.