5ft 3in D-Day hero, who captured the 7ft 6in giant of the German army in World War II, dies at the age of 97
- Corporal Roberts took over the surrender of 7ft 6in Jakob Nacken in September 1944
- Before that, he was almost killed several times during the Battle of Normandy
- He died in his sleep at Bournemouth Hospital on August 1st after a brief illness
A D-Day hero who captured the greatest soldier in the German Army during World War II has died at the age of 97.
Corporal Bob Roberts, standing at 5ft 3in, took over the handover of 7ft 6in Jakob Nacken in September 1944.
He was previously the second man to set foot on Juno Beach and was nearly killed several times during the Battle of Normandy.
Corporal Roberts and a colleague found an enemy machine gun on a cliff attacking the beaches and took it out with a rifle and flamethrower.
Corporal Bob Roberts (left), standing at 5 feet 3 inches, gave up the surrender of 7 feet 6 inches to Jakob Nacken (rigtht) in September 1944
Corporal Bob Roberts was the second man to step on Juno Beach and was almost killed several times during the Battle of Normandy
He survived a sniper bullet that grazed his head and killed a German who pulled a gun at him when he was captured.
Tragically, in July 1944, his younger brother Ernie was killed at the point where he had been exonerated just 24 hours earlier.
He died in his sleep on August 1st after a brief illness at Bournemouth Hospital in Dorset.
His wife Vera died in 2011 and he leaves behind their four children – Allen, Brian, Colin and Dot – ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The Bournemouth War Memorial Homes where he lived have hoisted the Union Flag at half mast in his honor.
His daughter Dot Savill said, “Although it was his war bravery that he was famous for, Bob was first and foremost a wonderful father, grandpa, and great-grandfather.
“He was so lucky to have a long and happy marriage to Vera, whom he called his English rose. He had a great sense of humor and a friendly attitude. He was a very special person. "
His wife Vera (pictured together) died in 2011, leaving behind their four children – Allen, Brian, Colin and Dot – ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Bob Roberts (center) during a break in the Battle of Normandy with the remaining comrades of his platoon in 1944
Mr. Roberts was originally from St. John, New Brunswick, Canada and entered the North Shore Regiment of the Canadian Army in 1942 before being sent to Britain for training.
After his regiment took out a battery of weapons in Calais on September 26, he was embroiled in one of the most bizarre clashes of the war.
He was looking for a number of prisoners when he came face to face with Neck, a giant circus performer who had toured Europe and the US.
Mr. Roberts recalled, "My friends, who were watching the rest of the men, saw this giant of a man approaching me and I knew they and the Germans had a good laugh."
He received the Legion D & # 39; Honneur from the French government in 2014.
His funeral will take place on Tuesday in the Bournemouth crematorium.
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