Reporter Martha Gellhorn was present in the first hours of the landing in Normandy, which turns 75 years today. Her husband, writer Ernest Hemingway, also working as a journalist, arrived later, but made sure only his name came on the cover of Colliers. A year later, they were divorced.
She pretended to be on the dock to interview nurses, hid in the bathroom of a hospital ship, and only left when she noticed, from the commotion, that the French coast was nearby. This is how Martha Gellhorn became the only woman to disembark on D-Day in Normandy in Omaha Beach. A journalistic feat that reinforced the American's fame but irked Ernest Hemingway, also a well-established novelist and war reporter. Gellhorn was his third wife and if the relationship had been bad since both had been in the Spanish Civil War (with betrayals on both sides), the truth is that the writer never accepted to be left behind on June 6, 1944, and the divorce came the following year. In fact, their wedding ended at the same time as World War II.
Hemingway was nine years older than Gellhorn and was married for the second time when he met the journalist at a party in Florida in 1936. In common they had having been born in the Midwest, he in Illinois, she in Missouri. They also shared their passion for news reporting on dangerous sites, and soon they were together in Spain to cover the Civil War. They became one of the famous couples of the conflict, along with the pair of photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro.
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