world war ii: british armed forces

I lay there on the beach in a pool of my own blood for 10 hours. They quickly took my radio and my sten gun and I saw my tank head up the beach without me. It was heart-breaking because I trained for D-Day for so long. So many people died liberating that tiny stretch of beach. Looking back, the fact that I was injured so early on probably saved my life.
—  Radio operator Bill Betts his end of Operation Overlord