Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Atonement

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Atonement

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No matter how World War Two is portrayed in Atonement, nothing can compare with real life experience.

Here we reproduce a letter Mr McAvoy had published by the Gazette in 2004 which captures, in his own words, the stark, unforgiving reality of war on a French beach.

D-DAY was a day I will never forget. I was with the 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment 3rd Division. We were one of the first to land on Sword Beach.

It was all hell let loose. There was nothing but machine gun and mortar shell fire.

I remember we took cover behind a tank which was out of action. I stepped out to see how things were. All I remember was a mortar shell exploding above my head. A piece of shrapnel went into my head just above my left eye, and partially blinded me.

I remember my mate Paddy Drake putting a field dressing round my eye and dragging me into a shell hole. …

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