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#DDay70 veteran Albert Figg

In February 1939, aged 18, Albert Figg joined the Royal Artillery T A in Swindon Wiltshire.

On June 20th 1944, Albert was sent to Normandy where he supported the infantry offensive during the Battle for Hill 112.

The operation was code-named Operation Jupiter and over 18 days Albert’s troops fired 60,000 shells out of 24 guns before the Allies broke through German lines.

In the video below Albert explains why the Battle for Hill 112 was so important.

In the second video Albert further describes the fierce combat and amount of ammunition fired.

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Mémorial de Caen: History

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The Mémorial de Caen is a vast museum that commemorates the Second World War as a whole.

The memorial opened on 6th June 1988, on the 44th anniversary of D-Day by the French President François Mitterrand.

Since then, a gallery dedicated to the Nobel Peace Prize has been added in 1991, three memorial gardens (the American Garden, the British Garden and the Canadian Garden) were constructed and an extension focusing on the Cold War was opened by President Jacques Chirac in 2002.

The museum offers a variety of separate exhibitions including the ‘Genocide and Mass Violence’ room, which provides details about the mass killings in both Europe and Asia between 1937 and 1945, and the ‘Total War’ room, which offers information on deportations and the bombings of cities.

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