After the battle of the Normandy Beaches, he moved forward into Belgium and Holland, where he was detained due to a terrible winter. By 6 February 1945, he was able to move on into northern Germany where he spent a further year in the ccupation army. He eventually returned home to England on 10 May 1946.
Sapper Sydney Bernstein, of the Armoured Engineers 81st Assault Squadron, landed on Gold Beach on D-day, aged 27. He was in the first wave to hit the beach with Churchill tanks. A total of 21 tanks landed in two waves, while only one tank was lost when it hit a mine.