THE D-DAY VC
THOUGH THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE OF ACTS OF OUTSTANDING VALOUR SHOWN ON D-DAY, ONLY ONE MAN WAS AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR HIS ACTIONS ON JUNE 6, 1944. JAMES HOARE EXPLORES. ADDITIONAL WORDS BY MARTIN MACE.
“There’s a pillbox over there, Sergeant Major,” noted Major Ronald Lofthouse, 6th Battalion, Green Howards. It was an observation, not an instruction, but 32-year-old CSM Stanley Hollis always led by example. Hip-firing his Sten, Hollis broke cover and charged the bunker Lofthouse had spotted in the scrub. The barrel of the MG-42 jerked and the Germans poured fire on the Yorkshireman with the courage to stand alone.