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Bill Cheall fought at Dunkirk, North Africa and Sicily. He was in the first wave on Gold Beach on D-Day and ended his war in Germany. Since Bill's WW2 memoirs were published, many former comrades have come forward with stories and diaries of their own, all forming part of the jigsaw of Bill's war.

The Fighting Through podcast gives you the stories behind the story. You’ll hear memoirs and memories of veterans connected to Bill's war in some way – and much more. So you're going to hear some great, unpublished history.

Show notes, including photos, transcripts and more background at

Bill Cheall WW2

Oct 9, 2016

Memoirs of CSM D E Gray MM - Part 2

War memoirs of a WW2 military medal hero

Great unpublished history!

"Cognac, Calvados and kisses!"

Episode one of the diary ended with Company Sergeant Major Gray winning the Military Medal. His battalion, the 7 Green Howards, had landed on Gold Beach on D-Day 6 June and advanced some distance into the dangerous French countryside.

With many comrades already dead or wounded, CSM Gray must push on further into Europe with Holland as the next destination. More hazards and humour await our heroes ...


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