story and the one that follows are unusual because they
begin with dreams by four-year-old children which involve
events about which they would normally know nothing.]
When I was three or four, I started having a particular
nightmare that would wake me up shaking with fear. It
was a recurring dream in which the same things would
happen every time in exactly the same way.
dream started with me walking to a table where a man
dressed in a military uniform seemed to be doing a kit
check. I would then walk on. Next, I would be on board
what seemed to be a landing craft of some sort. Straight
in front of me were other soldiers. I then have a brief
memory of being with a woman at a table with flowers
in a vase and with two wine glasses. The woman appears
to be dressed in a 1940's style dress.
dream then continues with me on the craft. I look to
my left and see two other landing craft. There are tyres
hanging over the side with ropes passing through them.
The craft I am looking at hits the beach and the ramp
drops. I then look forward and a few moments later the
ramp on our craft drops and I start running out into
I exit the craft, there is the distinctive sound of
men shouting as they run. I get no further than a few
steps from the landing craft when I look up at a pillbox
as I'm running. Then a flash comes from the bunker.
I fall to the ground and everything goes a yellow white
colour and then cuts out.
have not had this dream for a few years now. I'm sixteen.
I joined an indoor target shooting club and the dreams
seemed to become less frequent. Two years ago I joined
a World War II re-enactment group which portrays the
D-Day landings of 1944. Ever since I joined, I've not
had the dream again.
know some may think this dream sounds a lot like the
beginning of "Saving Private Ryan," but I
can promise you this is genuine. I recall the dreams
when I was as young as three or four. I sometimes have
an image of the bunker with the flash. Just thinking
about it makes me shiver. I cannot explain what causes
this dream, but it has been with me all my life.
[Ed. Note: These dreams began around 1992. "Saving
Private Ryan" was released in 1998.]
Posted Feb. 23, 2005