http://By the end of today, more than 4000 Allies would die on D-Day and about 12,000 wounded, the beginning of the liberation of Nazi-controlled Europe by a massive invasion force landing at Normandy. Today was vitally important but it was only one more step to the end of WWII. There were still numerous battles – battles in France, Belgium, Holland, Battle of the Bulge, battles in Germany, and the atrocities of concentration camps. This was only the Nazi part of the war. Keep in mind that we Allies had 3 enemies in the Axis powers: Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Nazi’s and the savage Japanese, who lasted the longest.
Here’s an excellent summary of D-Day, including some maps and pics. It’s pretty short so go here if you’re limited on read time: http://www.eaglespeak.us/2014/06/the-allied-invasion-of-france-d-day-4.html
TCM showed A Hard Day’s Night the other day and I watched it to check my memories. One thing I’d forgotten was the exchange the young, cute, cheeky Beatles had with an older and very grouchy Brit who finally snarled, “I fought in The War for the likes of you,” or words to that effect. The young, cute, cheeky Beatles just sniffed and walked away. That was definitely the attitude of my generation but I doubt the Beatles or anyone else could get away with that today. Here’s a view from someone who found the current celebration’s phony, from Baby Boomers trying to wash their hands of years of disrespect and hate to the military and wars.
That may be right. I was sorta against the Vietnam War, or spouted the talk and wore the peace sign but I never anti-military since I had a brother and other family members, plus a few friends, who honorably served in Vietnam. That affects your perspective. The link is from the Swift Vets website. I shook my head yesterday at the WH and liberals saying Sgt Bergdahl was being SwiftBoated. Dummies, the SwiftBoat Vets were proven right. In fact, John Kerry’s buddy who accompanied him into the 2004 DNC convention was later arrested and sentenced of fraud charges and stripped of his Purple Heart,
http://www.swiftvets.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=611&sid=5c96511c2f5c2b2cf7a106c882a6a290 The writer of the article, the late David Gerlenter, proposes a plan to educate young people about the real WWII and all its horrors, instead of the casual celebrations today that are shallow whitewashings.
I still think the best introduction to D-Day is to watch the Hollywood blockbuster The Longest Day. Here from This Aint Hell, http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=49877 Pointe du Hoc 70 years ago today , with a quick but detailed summary of the Rangers’ role at Pointe du Hoc. They were simply incredible and no one paid homage to them better than President Ronald Reagan. I posted his famous speech last year.