[Sticky] June 6, 1944, 75 Years Ago D-Day  

 

Gringo Star
Founder
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 332
05/06/2019 4:23 pm  

75 years ago today the allied forces pulled off the largest logistical feat in military history.

World War II | Steinbeck in the Schools | San Jose State ...

Brave men from England, France, Canada & The United States crossed the English channel, fought & sacrificed their lives.

The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France (and later western Europe) from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal and the operation had to be delayed 24 hours; a further postponement would have meant a delay of at least two weeks as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days each month were deemed suitable. Adolf Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 US, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach-clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled, using specialised tanks.

The Allies failed to achieve any of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five beachheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

 

Here is an album released in 1964 commemorating the Normandy Invasion, D-Day Plus 20:

This is accompanying documentary which aired on CBS (who also produced the album):

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/cbs-reports-1964-d-day-plus-20-years-eisenhower-returns-to-normandy/

 

While the second world war is mired in controversy, I believe that the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their beliefs, their nations & their families deserve to be honored.

Support the troops, not the war. -Bil Hicks

No more brother wars.


Quote
Travis3000
Moderator
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 1598
05/06/2019 8:25 pm  

The world has changed significantly since D-Day.  What hasn't changed is the extraordinary sacrifice shown that day.  The world was in a state of confusion and conflict.  These guys, thousands of them, did things that I don't think I could do even when I was a young guy.  Here we are, all of these years later.  What should we do? Remember, aknowledge, and never forget the actions of so many to overcome the needed obstacles to achieve victory.


ReplyQuote
Zerenity
Founder .
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 83
06/06/2019 12:49 am  

I stood in front of my American Flag today. Said the pledge of allegiance. Then took my hat off for a minute of silence in honor of those who gave their lives so I could be here today.

For those who served now and in the past I say Thank you. God bless. Amen.

Cold air is nice, turbocharging is better, but I would much rather be blown
The Current Fleet
1999 Cadillac Fleetwood Limited
1998 Cadillac Deville D'Elegance
1996 Chevy Blazer LT 4.3L 4x4
2000 Polaris 500 H.O. swamp eating machine


ReplyQuote
Travis3000
Moderator
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 1598
06/06/2019 1:46 am  
Posted by: Zerenity

I stood in front of my American Flag today. Said the pledge of allegiance. Then took my hat off for a minute of silence in honor of those who gave their lives so I could be here today.

For those who served now and in the past I say Thank you. God bless. Amen.

That's what's up.  Good job.


ReplyQuote
Gringo Star
Founder
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 332
06/06/2019 4:09 am  
Posted by: Travis3000

The world has changed significantly since D-Day.  What hasn't changed is the extraordinary sacrifice shown that day.  The world was in a state of confusion and conflict.  These guys, thousands of them, did things that I don't think I could do even when I was a young guy.  Here we are, all of these years later.  What should we do? Remember, aknowledge, and never forget the actions of so many to overcome the needed obstacles to achieve victory.

That generation really did rise to the occasion. I doubt I would have the fortitude for the front line, although the world is a very different place today as you pointed out Travis & I don't see many amphibious raids/landings in my future.

 

Below is a firsthand account of D-Day from a Frogman, the very first men to wash ashore along the Atlantic wall. The cleared obstructions, barricades & mines with explosives, as snipers & mortars harassed them. Remarkable.

http://www.mcdoa.org.uk/Operation_Neptune_Frogmen_The_First_Men_Ashore_on_D_Day.htm


ReplyQuote
GregBO
Admin
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 2520
06/06/2019 12:38 pm  

Thank you for posting this Gringo!  Each generation is faced with many decisions, most when viewed from the lens of history are seen as trivial in context with other issues.  The WWI and WWII generations prepared and supported their respective governments because those governments cared for and respected their constituents.  

The sacrifices of those on the battle field, as well as at home, can never be overstated.  May this indeed be the last of the physical manifestations of  World War that civilization has to endure.  The men and culture expressed during WWI and WWII are indeed in short supply today, but they are ready when called.  That my friends is a cold hard fact.

"Twelve Allied nations provided fighting units that participated in the invasion, including Australia, Canada, Belgium, France, Czechoslovakia, Greece, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States."  Wikipedia

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


ReplyQuote
Gargamel
Moderator
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 4825
06/06/2019 6:52 pm  

That only happened because we had a whole club of mommy's boy lunatics run our country.

Now we have a real mommy destroying it all of the way.

Forever Uncunted - If it has a vagina, it has to go!


ReplyQuote
Gargamel
Moderator
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 4825
06/06/2019 7:00 pm  

We grew up with this topic on TV... To keep it from happening again.

 

Forever Uncunted - If it has a vagina, it has to go!


ReplyQuote
Gargamel
Moderator
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 4825
06/06/2019 7:02 pm  

And here is the greatest movie ever made about D-Day.

"The Longest Day"

Didn't find it on CatLadyTube... (They want money for it)

https://archive.org/details/TheLongestDay1962_201906

Almost 3 hours, must be the version I saw on AFN-TV in 1983.

(700 MB)

Forever Uncunted - If it has a vagina, it has to go!


ReplyQuote
Gargamel
Moderator
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 4825
06/06/2019 7:09 pm  

And the Audio Book "The Longest Day" by Cornelius Ryan:

https://archive.org/details/TheLongestDay-CorneliusRyan

Almost 9 hours, full length.

Forever Uncunted - If it has a vagina, it has to go!


ReplyQuote
The Evil Genius
Admin
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 1513
07/06/2019 6:45 pm  

Anyone notice the GOOGLE banner on June 6th? Nothing about D-Day rather it was opening day for....women's soccer! 

And for the sake of BALANCE a voice from the other side: (remember gentlemen in any war there are heroes on both sides)


Beered by #Redpillbible, GregBO, Gargamel and 3 people
ReplyQuote
Dark Side of the Moon
Man
Joined: 9 months ago
Posts: 20
08/06/2019 6:39 pm  

God bless our veterans and active military alike. We'd be speaking chinese or russian if not for them and answering to the likes of - or whatever runs china.

The man on the dark side of the moon


Beered by #Redpillbible, Gringo Star, The Evil Genius and 3 people
ReplyQuote
Nerevar
Founder .
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 66
09/06/2019 1:48 pm  
Posted by: The Evil Genius

Anyone notice the GOOGLE banner on June 6th? Nothing about D-Day rather it was opening day for....women's soccer! 

And for the sake of BALANCE a voice from the other side: (remember gentlemen in any war there are heroes on both sides)

Honestly, I'm not surprised at all that google chose something different. I don't use that shit engine anyway, all my searches are done on duckduckgo.


Beered by #Redpillbible, Gringo Star, The Evil Genius and 1 people
ReplyQuote
GregBO
Admin
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 2520
10/06/2019 2:58 pm  
Posted by: Gargamel

We grew up with this topic on TV... To keep it from happening again.

 

 

 

Thanks for sharing these videos, I had not seen either before and both are well worth watching.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


ReplyQuote
Advertisements