Thursday, December 15, 2016

Audio: Robert Garand, Navy, D-Day in an LCI(L)

Transporting Troops Across the Channel on D-Day

Crew of HMCS LCI-L -118 prior to D-Day. Garand served as
a Diesel Engineer. Photo - R. Garand at The Memory Project

Introduction: One will find hundreds of audio files related to the experiences of men and women associated with many branches of Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian organizations (e.g., Red Cross, CWAC, etc.) at The Memory Project. Most audio files are accompanied by authentic WW2 photos and a written transcript.

The audio file presented below relates to Robert Garand, Canadian Navy. He served aboard a Landing Craft, Infantry (Large) as part of the 262nd Canadian Landing Craft Flotilla during D-Day Normandy and was involved with disembarking troops in NAN sector of Juno Beach in June 1944.

The transcript contains the following details and more:

We left the night before about 7:00 o’clock. We loaded our troops from Southampton [England]. We were supposed to end on the beach at 7:00 in the morning but we couldn’t, the beach wasn’t clear enough. We waited until 11:00 o’clock before we could land it, until they cleared the beach. There was still a lot of mines, small mines left with popsicle-like steel things in [them].

LCI(L)s including 118 lined up at Portsmouth prior to D-Day
Photo Credit - R. Garand, at The Memory Project

To listen to another audio file please link to Francis Hammond, Navy - Commando Training for D-Day.

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