This is a discussion on D-Day within the Military History forums, part of the Armed Services category; 72 years ago the Airborne had been at it for hours and the Infantry was loading into the boats....
72 years ago the Airborne had been at it for hours and the Infantry was loading into the boats.
Yeah, but those transport ships hauling those legs across the Channel had been tossed around in the rough weather for the last 12 hours. And, those guys had been cooped up in those ships for last three of four days.
As an aside, when they were filming "The Longest Day", they were borrowing many US military assets, both ships and personnel to recreate the landings. The weather over the days planned to shoot the actual landing scenes was miserable, it was raining, the sea was rough, and windy, in short it also exactly like it was in 1944. Both the Navy and Army commanders responsible for the military equipment refused to allow the filming to start until the weather improved, as it was it was deemed too dangerous. The weather and sea state during the landing on 6 June 1944 was marginal, maybe worst that marginal.
My wife's Uncle George was on Omaha Beach. He prayed to God that if he survived D-Day, he would NEVER leave KY again. George survived D-Day, but also the entire march to Germany without being wounded.He returned to KY, became a surveyor and didn't live anywhere else.
I have the ultimate respect for all "Warriors" that have served in all the wars!
However, today I respectfully honor those that stormed the beaches on D-Day [and all of those in support before and after too]. D-Day proved to be a significant turning point in WWII and was the beginning of the end for our enemy!
Thank you, from me, to the best generation of men. And will be the best generation for centuries to come. No single generation has given more(soldiers and their families) to/for that gosh forsaken war.
God Bless them, Every One! The Greatest Generation stepped up when called.
From "the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force" to everyone at home and abroad who supported and fed their effort the fuel, material, weapons and information that made it succeed - Well Done! The world owes you a debt it can never repay. CC
Saw a small b/w picture in a frame on the desk at my wife's Grandparents home, "who is that" I asked, the fellow had a steel pot on and the chin strap dangling , "that's Grammys brother" my wife said, "he was killed in Normandy, D-day"
Thoughts and prayers to all who are laid to rest in France and their families back home.
I have been to Normandy twice, once back in 1981 and again last summer. If you have never been I encourage you to go, it is an experience you will never forget. Last summer we went with a tour company which we met up with in Caen at the train station after a 1.5 hour train ride from Paris. There's an excellent D-Day museum in Caen built atop an underground Nazi bunker that was the Nazi's HQ during the invasion, you spend the first couple of hours at the D-Day museum before the tour group takes you out to the beaches.
Pointe du Hoc, where the Rangers landed, I'm the squinting fat guy on the left...
Dedication plaque in the bunker below where we are standing in the picture above.
A few residents grazing around the bomb craters at Pointe du Hoc
Omaha Beach (tide is in)
Sand I collected from Omaha Beach
The American Cemetery and Memorial, flags at half staff in honor or the Marines that were murdered in Chattanooga last summer. We stayed and watched the lowering of the flags, it was an emotional experience for me when they played taps, a proud American in a foreign land...