A new sculpture that depicts a soldier kneeling on 4,413 bullets, with each representing a man that died alongside him on D-Day has been unveiled today outside Media City in Salford.

The piece is called Soldiers of Sacrifice and was made by the artist Alfie Bradley and will tour England before the 75th D-Day anniversary in June.

The figure represents Denham Brotheridge, widely believed to be the first Allied serviceman to be killed by enemy action on D-Day, atop 4,414 bullets, representing his comrades in arms who fell in battle later that day.

Lieutenant Brotheridge of D Company, 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, took part in a surprise raid on bridges, landing in occupied France via gliders with his men.


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