War Veteran Says He Hears A Lot Of 'B******t' About D-Day While Live On TV
A war veteran dropped a swear word during a live TV interview with the BBC today, having become emotional while recalling the D-Day landings - and calling out the world on its 'hate', 'greed' and 'nonsense'.
Harry Billinge was just 18 years old when he landed on Gold Beach on 6 June 1944, as part of the first wave of troops.
Now 93, he has dedicated his life to remembering those who didn't make it home with him, and has been fundraising for the British Normandy Memorial that will overlook Gold Beach.
But he's keen to remind people that it's hard to comprehend the horrors of what happened if they weren't there, having said a lot of what he hears is 'b******t'.
Billinge appeared on BBC Breakfast to speak to presenters Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty to discuss his amazing fundraising efforts.
He also talked about his experience back in 1944, saying: "I've heard a lot of what they call 'b******t' and that's true. Nobody was there."
He continued: "The SAS blokes were there - 'Get off the beach, get off the beach'.
"No one was on the beach no longer they could help.
"The fellas that were wounded either got up and got out of it to get to shelter.
"So I'm not a brave man, I'm lucky. I owe my life to the boys.
"All Normandy veterans love one another beyond the love of women, you cannot describe it, I love them all and I'll never forget them."
Many viewers had clocked the veteran's expletive, but were mostly keen to praise his fundraising - with Munchetty confirming he wanted to raise £22,442 ($28,753), to which Billinge clarified: "That's a pound for every bloke that died on that beach on D-Day."
One person tweeted: "Harry dropping a casual 'b******t' on live TV! What a great soldier and servant to this country, I could listen to him all day #BBCBreakfast."
Another said: "ABSOLUTE LIVING LEGEND! THAT'S ALL1 My heart feels so warm watching Mr Harry Bilinge. Hero! Thank you! #BBCBreakfast #RemembranceDay."
Before the interview wrapped, Billinge also had some sage advice to dish out when asked about what he would say to younger people.
He said: "There's a lot of youngsters come up to me and give me money for the memorial but beyond all comprehension about D-Day.
"I hope that they will learn to love one another. There's a lot of hate in the world, a lot of greed, and a lot of nonsense. Don't worry about that."
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