Fighting Spirit

Gavin Mortimer interviews D-Day veteran Jim Booth and learns of an extraordinary man and his incredible war.


In October 2017 D-Day veteran Jim Booth was viciously attacked in his home by a homeless drug addict. Despite being hit several times with a hammer in the cowardly assault, 96-year-old Jim fought off his assailant and was in court earlier this year to see the thug sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Asked to reflect on his ordeal, Jim, with characteristic modesty, told reporters: “Well, worse things happen at sea, as they say.” His sangfroid attitude, and his remarkable recovery, won the heart of the nation.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers