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Creative writing - I, David Vivian-Currie, had been used to the upper-class life until I was forced to join the war through National Service.

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I, David Vivian-Currie, had been used to the upper-class life until I was forced to join the war through National Service. I had received the dreaded letter on 29th May 1944, a week before it detailed me to leave. I was to help recapture France from the German's. Until I had received the letter, I felt that I had lived quite a pleasant life: I had attended Dunce Hall in North London and, at the age of thirteen, had moved onto Eton, where I became a school prefect in my final year. My father, John Vivian-Currie, was a well-established banker who had always tried to give me the best opportunities in life. After realising his success in banking, I decided to give it a try after I left Eton, and by the age of twenty-five, I had risen to the position of my father's assistant. He had avoided National Service due to age reasons. I however, had not. Due to my schooling I entered the army as captain, so I was in a better position that most of the soldiers. However, I still knew that I had virtually no chance of surviving. Today, 5th June 1944, I was sitting in the tiny transport boat with the remainder of my platoon, preparing ourselves for the journey to France, that would decide the rest of our lives. There was not a cloud in the sky, however, it was still quite brisk, I was glad that I had decided to put an extra pair of breeches on, but it didn't really matter, for I would probably be dead in less that twelve hours. ...read more.


Now was the time to attack. I positioned Phil Wainsley, the sniper, in position; he had a clear view of a small machine gun emplacement, which was operated by two tall, bearded men. I watched the emplacement through a periscope that one of the privates had stolen from an Italian Colonel a week previously. After seeing that both men had dropped dead, I shouted that it was safe. We rushed up the beach to find the best position to lay down some covering fire for the rest of the army running up the beach. I looked along the coastline, to see bodies everywhere. It was horrible. The sea was red from the blood of those that had lost their lives, there were people searching for friends, relatives, and in some cases, lost limbs. I turned round to find that I was on my own platoon had moved up the side of the hill. I pursued them quickly, trying to dodge the oncoming bullets. I caught up with them at the bottom of a set of stairs leading up the side of the cliff to the main gun emplacement. We waited there for a moment and then ran up the stairs to the emplacement; there we threw two grenades into the building. We waited for the smoke to settle from the explosion, and then charged in killing any survivors. The battle had been won, we had taken control both of the gun emplacements, it was now safe for the Navy to come to the beach, they had been waiting a few miles of the coast. ...read more.


After sorting out the problem in the town square, we stopped to gather our bearings after checking that there was no one else around. We sat down inside a small deserted caf´┐Ż, which smelt a little like rotten pot-pourri, not a smell that I want to remember. THIS DIARY OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS WAS WRITTEN BY MAJOR DAVID VIVIAN-CURRIE 7TH JUNE 1944. HE WAS KILLED THE FOLLOWING DAY IN BATTLE BY A GREANDE, BEFORE HE COULD WRITE ABOUT ANOTHER DAYS FIGHTING. HE WAS AN ASSET TO THE BRITISH ARMY AND TO HIS FAMILY. HIS BRAVERY, SAVED THE LIVES OF MANY THOUSANDS OF MEN, AND THE AWARDING OF THE VICTORIA CROSS, WAS ONLY A SMALL TOKEN OF THE COUNTRIES APPRECIATION, OF WHAT JOHN VIVIAN-CURRIE DID FOR HIS COUNTRY. THIS IS A COPY OF THE LETTER SENT HOME TO HIS FAMILLY INFORMING THEM OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HIM DURING HIS SERVICE FOR HIS COUNTRY. Sir and Madam It is my painful duty to inform you that your son Major David Vivian-Currie was killed in action on 8th June 1944. He served his country with great bravery, and for his contribution to our efforts of winning the war, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, for the role he played in the D-Day landings. I am to express the regret of the Army Council at your son's death during his service for his country. I am, Sir and Madam Your Obedient Servant Officer in Charge of Records THE STRANGE PLACE The strange place.doc 20/04/07 16:47hrs Tom Stevens C 4th Form ...read more.

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