Invasion of Europe 1944


The 6th June 1944 marked the long-awaited invasion of Europe across the English Channel at Normandy. The 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment were the first British infantry to land on the Normandy beaches in France and The Middlesex Regiment was also to gain the battle honour of the 6th June. As the allies advanced across North-West Europe, many battalions and individuals were in converted unfamiliar roles with tanks, artillery and as paratroops. One such individual was a Royal Sussex officer, Captain Queripel, who was awarded a posthumous VC with the 10th Parachute Battalion at Arnhem in 1944, a battalion largely, composed of volunteers from the Royal Sussex Regiment itself.