So, in the early hours of the next morning, it was make or break to land LCT 7074. The parallels with Normandy 1944 itself, where the Landing Craft Tank first went into action, were too obvious to miss. (It was even D-Day + 1 – just as in 1944, 7074 was ready aye ready on that first night, but the wind and weather held her off into the next day.) Unseasonal winds – check. A break in the weather – check. The ship locked and loaded – check. The best and boldest advice to act on – check. And then there she was, her 59-metre length gently nudging in sideways, the tide just right over the beach so she would be level with the roadway to take her home to ‘D-Day Story’. Re-re-check – including with a humble tape measure!