As the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings approaches, BOB HIND attempts to travel to all five of the June 6, 1944 landing sites by bus

LEFT: Landing in France: Cap Cotentin Mercedes-Benz Citaro 904 (EP 237 CL) in Cherbourg centre.

Isee every reason to commemorate those who died for their country, both military and civilians. 2024 marks 80 years since the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. Much has been written, movies have been made, about this one day which many think changed the course of the Second World War and, therefore, history.

My trip is disrupted almost before it starts. A rail strike means there are no trains between London and Portsmouth, but I am rescued by National Express from Victoria Coach Station, where I have not visited for 50 years. Then, as I am on my way to London, I get a text from the ferry company telling me that, because of bad weather, my ferry is leaving five hours earlier than scheduled. What a start!

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