D-day Hero Soldier Believed To Be The Shortest To Storm The Beaches Dies Aged 97

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D-day Hero Soldier Believed To Be The Shortest To Storm The Beaches Dies Aged 97

THE soldier believed to be the shortest to storm the beaches on D-Day has died at the age of 97.

Reg Snowling — just 4ft 11in and known as Titch — served with five regiments and was among the first to reach Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany.

www.ipswichwarmemorial.co.uk/East Anglia News Service Reg Snowling — just 4ft 11in and known as Titch — has died at the age of 97

He volunteered for the Army aged 18 in 1940.

On 6 June 1944 he fought on Gold Beach with the 24th Lancers.

And as a tank gunner he destroyed two Panther tanks with a single shell.

Dad-of-three Reg, from Ipswich, had six grandchildren and seven great-grandkids. Agnes, his wife of 70 years, died in 2012.

East Anglia News Service Snowling served with five regiments and was among the first to reach Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany

Two years ago France awarded him the prized Legion d’Honneur.

His son David, 72, said: “He was small in size – but his heart was huge.

“I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he was the smallest man who landed on D-Day

“I don’t think they had a height restriction for soldiers when he joined the Army because it was war time.

East Anglia News Service Reg volunteered for the Army aged 18 in 1940

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