'I drove a D-Day tank with a broken hand'
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D-Day: 'I drove a tank on to the beaches with a broken hand'

A World War Two soldier has told how he drove a tank on D-Day beach landings despite having a broken hand.

Richard Heather, 94, from Peterborough, served in the 7th Armoured Division, better known as the Desert Rats.

After training in Norfolk, he boarded a ship in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

On 6 June 1944, he drove his Cromwell tank on to Gold Beach in Normandy, despite trapping his hand in the hatch of his tank on the eve of D-Day.

  • 06 Jun 2019
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