'I felt so sorry for those men on those landing craft'

'I felt so sorry for those men on those landing craft'

Ted Cordery served on board the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Belfast from 1943-1944 as a Leading Seaman Torpedoman. It was a period in which the ship and her crew would take part in some of their most intense and dangerous operations including the Arctic Convoys and the Battle of North Cape.

On 6 June 1944, the Allies launched the invasion of France – D-Day. Ted was on board HMS Belfast and remembers watching landing craft pass the ship, knowing the dangerous task the troops they carried would face once they landed on the beaches.

Watch this clip featuring Ted remembering D-Day and telling the story of what happened when he himself stepped foot on French soil.

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