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WWII veteran says he hears lots of ‘bulls**t’ about D-Day landings

Harry Billinge landed on Gold Beach in 1944
Harry Billinge landed on Gold Beach in 1944 (Picture: BBC)

A 93-year-old warfare veteran has stated he is not any hero and survived the D-Day landings due to the bravery of others.

Harry Bellinge was simply 18 when he took half within the Normandy landings.

Recalling them, he shocked viewers on stay tv when he stated {that a} ‘lot of bullshit’ was spoken about the historic second.

‘Nobody can ever describe D-Day,’ he stated. ‘I’ve heard rather a lot of, what they name, bullshit and that’s true. Nobody was there with any bayonet urgent up the sand for mines.

‘The SAS blokes have been there. “Get off the beach, get off the beach!” No one was on the seaside longer than they might assist it.

‘The fellas that was wounded even received up and received out of it to get to shelter.

Undated family handout photograph of Harry Billinge from St Austell, Cornwall, aged 18 before he fought during D-Day on June 6 1944. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 6, 2019. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay Billinge. Photo credit should read: Family handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Harry Billinge aged 18 earlier than he fought throughout D-Day on June 6 1944 (Picture: PA)
Undated handout photograph issued by the Normandy Memorial Trust of veteran Harry Billinge in 2018 returning to Gold Beach where he landed on D-Day in 1944. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 6, 2019. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay Billinge. Photo credit should read: Normandy Memorial Trust/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Harry in 2018 returning to Gold Beach the place he landed on D-Day (Picture: PA)

‘So I’m not a courageous man; I’m fortunate.

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‘I owe my life to the boys that I cherished. All Normandy veterans love each other past the love of girls.

‘You cannot describe it. I love them all.’

Mr Billinge was talking on BBC Breakfast on November 8, within the run-up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

He beforehand appeared on the programme for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, when he was one of the primary to land on Gold Beach aged 18.

Viewers have been moved to tears when he advised the presenters: ‘Don’t thank me and don’t say I’m a hero. ‘I’m no hero, I used to be fortunate.

‘I’m right here. All the heroes are useless and I’ll always remember them so long as I stay.’

Harry has devoted his life to creating certain those that fought alongside him are remembered, spending many of his days fundraising in St Austell city centre for a memorial on Gold Beach.

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Viewers have been fast to guarantee Harry that he was a hero after watching him in June.

Sports author Alan Biggs stated: ‘Only just recovering from watching this. No words other than gratitude.’

Ian Stubbs added: ‘A real man. A real hero.’

Lawrie Lee stated: ‘What a gentleman. I sat in tears watching this and felt so much warmth towards him.’

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