Stationed at Kings Lynn, Norfolk 6458484
R W Friend was transferred to 1/6 Queens Regiment end of
March 44 because the 11 Bn Royal Fusiliers was disbanded.
Embarked for Normandy at Tilbury Docks on 4th June 44 and
disembarked on 9th at Sword Beach as part of 2nd Army UK, 131st Infantry
regiment involved in Battle of
Battle of Villers-Bocage
the infamous Waffen
Commander Michael Wittman)
on 13 June Bob was lucky to avoid death from a shell.
1/5th and 1/6th Queen's, was to hold Livry as a firm base
while other troops passed through. RW Friend Was severely injured
from a shell blast and was sent back to UK and the Park Prewett Hospital Basingstoke.
It took Rommel and Wittman to injury Bob in the fight against Nazism.
did not break out of the area around Caen until mid August
Battle of the Falaise Pocket