June 7, 2014

Heartbreaking letters of the men who didn't make it through D-Day

'If I don't come home, there's so much I mean to tell you…': Heartbreaking last letters of the men who didn't make it through D-Day revealed

The heroics of the men who fought valiantly to take Sword, Gold and Juno beaches on D-Day will never be forgotten but the stories of those who died are less well-remembered.

Now letters written by men preparing for D-Day and who didn't make it home are to be brought to life in a poignant documentary made to mark the 70th anniversary of the landings

Ahead of the assault on Normandy beaches, which would help mark the beginning of the end of World War Two, Captain Skinner wrote to his wife of eight years with whom he had two young daughters, Ann and Jane.

'As you know anything may happen at any moment and I cannot tell when you will receive this,' he noted. 'All the things I intended to say must be written.'

You and I have had some lovely happy years that now seemed to have past at lightning speed but I, and I'm sure you as well, can look back on them with some kind of contentment, knowing that in our love and need of each other, we have injured no-one,' he said.

'Although I would give anything to be back with you, I have not had any wish to back down from the job we have to do.

…'There is so much I mean to tell you, much of what you have heard before, but I mean it even more today.

'I shall always be grateful to the powers above for having been able to be with you, to have been loved by you. I'm sure I will be with you again soon and for good. Give my fondest love to my Ann and my Janey.'
Posted by Jill Fallon at June 7, 2014 8:42 AM | Permalink