“… a café just a hundred yards off the beach is opened up …”

6 June 1944. Juno Beach in Bernières-sur-Mer, France.

Battle of Normandy title“0900- [Battalion Headquarters] arrive on shore, link up with [Advanced Headquarters] and proceed through the town where a temporary HQ is set up at [map reference] 992848. [Advanced Headquarters] detach themselves and set up in a house at [map reference] 994854 where they earn all rights to the house by putting out a fire and gaining the everlasting thanks of the owners. At this time it is noticed that a café just a hundred yards off the beach is opened up and selling wine to all and sundry.”

-War Diary, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

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