I'm breathing a sigh of relief because I notice you didn't say which battalion he was in and we've all jumped on 2 E Yorks My brother reckons father was at Pegasus bridge----Is this possible?? That would pretty much confirm that he was 2nd Battalion East Yorks -8th Infantry Brigade in 3rd Infantry Division - and landed on SWORD, not 5th Battalion E Yorks from 69 Bde in 50 Div who landed at GOLD further along the coast. It was just conicidence that two battalions from the same regiment were in the first wave on different beaches. They weren't Commandos but they were the assault troops (the Commandos actually had 'deep penetration' tasks rather than actual beach assaults on D-Day). I would recommend Assault Division - the original 3rd Div history - while it's still easily available.