‘Bullets zipped by as I jumped’

Via a reader: We take movie legend Richard Todd back to the scene of his toughest real-life battle

Captain Richard Todd was about to jump from a Stirling bomber when German tracer fire lit up the night sky over Normandy.

The budding actor – destined to become a household name playing fearless war heroes – was all set to perform the greatest role of his life . . . for REAL.

As the first paratrooper to leap into Nazi-occupied France on D-Day his mission was – along with his battalion – to secure and hold the key stronghold of Pegasus Bridge, near Caen.

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