D-Day (June 6, 1944)

 

US Navy Landing craft in England during the D-Day Invasion.

US Navy Landing craft being loaded right before the D-Day invasion – 1944

Today is the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.  It’s the day when American, Canadian and British forces made the largest amphibious assault in history on several heavily fortified beaches in Normandy (Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold, Sword) in order to fight Nazi Germany and gain a foothold in Continental Europe. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft were on hand to support the invasion.

General George S. Patton, Jr addressed his troops as they were preparing for battle on June 5th, 1944.  He said

“There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again.  You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you won’t have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, ‘Well your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana.'”

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Beach landing

Nothing comes without a cost.  During the invasion many of the Allied ground forces were either killed, wounded or went missing following the landings and there were many additional deaths among the Allied air forces.

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It’s good for us to remember them always but particularly on this day…

 

5 responses

  1. Fully agree with you about the lack of emphasis on events such as D-Day. I had read the Patton speech before but I hadn’t made the connection with Shakespeare’s Henry V speech…We happy few, we band of brothers….Patton’s speech is a 20th century version of it.

  2. To forget them is a shame we could not be forgiven for.

    1. I wish there were more emphasis on this type of history in school. These days, it gets a passing mention, if anything at all. It’s not right that the incredible sacrifice of those men be forgotten. When one is disconnected from history you’re easily manipulated and prone to making serious mistakes in judgement. I think that’s how they’ve got so many kids these days thinking that Communism is a good thing. Knowledge of history is vitally important!

      1. I’ve heard some of the history seminars given today by the professors and they should be horse-whipped!

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