D-Day Dodger Shares World War Two Battle Memories

As the nation gears up to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, World War Two veteran Matt MacKinnon Pattison, now 99 years old, has opened up about his experiences fighting in Italy in 1944. Amid the backdrop of the Normandy beaches, Matt and his comrades, often referred to as the “D-Day Dodgers,” faced grueling conditions and fierce battles far away from the spotlight.

The Allied forces, including British, US, Polish, and Commonwealth soldiers, fought tirelessly to capture Monte Cassino and push back German troops. Despite the challenging terrain and heavy losses, these men in Italy were determined to make their mark in the war effort.

Recalling his days on the front lines, Matt vividly remembers the harrowing moments of combat and the sacrifices made by his fellow soldiers. From the relentless artillery bombardments to the camaraderie forged in the face of danger, every battle tested their resolve and courage.

After sustaining injuries, Matt was selected to join the elite SAS unit and undertook daring missions behind enemy lines. His post-war endeavors included hunting down Nazi war criminals in Germany, witnessing the aftermath of a devastated nation.

Looking back on his wartime experiences, Matt pays tribute to his fallen comrades and the lasting impact of their service. The poignant lyrics of the D-Day Dodgers’ song resonate with the sacrifices made by those who fought bravely in Italy, far from the limelight of Normandy.

In his modest home, Matt cherishes his memories, medals, and the gratitude of a nation that recognizes the contributions of veterans like him. As we honor the legacy of the D-Day Dodgers, let us remember the courage and resilience of those who fought valiantly in the shadows of history.