My father was the 3rd soldier off the landing craft during the D.Day landings. There’s a black & white newsreel film of him looking back over his shoulder as the ramp went down and he went onto the beach.
He used to say that when the Germans fired their guns, the British would duck, and when the British fired, the Germans would duck, but when the Americans fired…EVERYONE ducked.
He was instrumental in liberating Becks beer factory from the Germans, and spent a considerable time defending it against counter attack…quite a considerable time it seems as he was still there several months after the war was over. Lol