Seventy years ago today, allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in the operation that marked a turning point in the Second World War. Although ultimately a decisive victory, the D-Day landings saw the loss of many lives, and today we remember the bravery of those who played their part.
Amongst those who took part on D-Day were Royal Marines from 47 Commando, who landed at Port En Bessin. As part of the commemorations, a team of Royal Marines embarked upon a 104 mile crossing of the English channel in Klepper folding kayaks. Facing rough conditions, the team paddled through the night from Port En Bessin to Portsmouth, eventually arriving after twenty-eight hours of non stop paddling.
The channel crossing is part of the wider 1664 Challenge, commemorating 350 years of the Royal marines. It has already seen the team ski 1,664 km across Norway, then sail to Cadiz, before cycling back over the Pyrenees and through France. The team will complete the journey by running 1,664 km across the UK.