#OnThisDay 1944 Major Redmond Cunningham, an architect student in Trinity College, from Waterford landed on Sword beach in Normandy. He joined the Royal Engineers, believing
“It was the right thing to do. If Hitler was victorious, there would have been no Irish freedom of any kind.”
He cleared mines on the beach in his tanks, three of which were knocked out and the crews killed but he paved the way for Allied troops to Ouistreham. Not only did he clear his own path but he cleared the areas of beach that the knocked out tanks were meant to clear also. He received the Military Cross & Bar for his actions.