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By Herbert “Bert” Marsh

Wednesday 22nd July 2015


On Wednesday 22nd of July Bert Marsh held a talk to raise money for the British Heart Foundation at Holmesfield Village Hall, at Holmesfield near Sheffield. The talk was about Bert Marsh's Wartime experiences as a mortar platoon member of the 12th Yorkshire Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. He begins with the two weeks leading up to D-Day, where all troops were confined to camp before their Historic journey to Normandy on the night of June 5th, landing near Ranville, Normandy and then fighting through to the end of the War in Europe, followed by a long boat trip to India and the Far East to end the War with Japan.

This is the story of a British Band of Brothers of the 5th Parachute Brigade of the 6th Airborne Division, and their exploits during the dark days of WW2, which led to the beginning of the end.

Bert is now a proud member of the Parachute Regiment Association Sheffield and Chesterfield Branches, and can be seen at many annual events, including at Hardwick Hall and in Normandy.

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Above: Bert Marsh standing second row, far left.