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  • Remembering D-Day

    75 years ago on Thursday, Operation Overlord's combined forces from Britain, Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Canada and the United States landed on 5 beaches on the Normandy coast to combat one of the two totalitarian machines on the European continent, Nazi Germany. By mid-July, there had been 120,000 casualties on the Allied side.

    Lets set aside Brexit, Trump, and any differences in political viewpoints on this day and remember their sacrifice. They'd have done it for us had we been there to reach the beach on June 6th, 1944.

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  • #2
    Amen to that, How. Our goal should be to prove to them we are worth what they endured.
    Best Wishes,
    Cris Malone
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    "Objectivity comes from how the evidence is treated, not the nature of the evidence itself. Historians can be just as objective as any scientist."

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    • #3
      The Greatest Generation really shined on this date. The weather also cooperated on June 6th, and the invasion was successful.

      But from June 19-21, 1944 the fiercest June storm in 40 years hit the English Channel and some 800 allied naval craft were either beached or lost. Mother Nature caused a lot of damage. I remember studying this as a High School student and reading how proud Eisenhower was when all the shipping and supplies were restored to the Allied troops in amazingly quick fashion after the storm.

      This is also the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. A tremendous victory that resulted with four enemy aircraft carriers sunk along with their planes and experienced pilots. It was clear after this battle that Japan would not be able to meet its objectives in the Pacific War.

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      • #4
        All remembered with gratitude and respect.

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        • #5
          Brave men and women, without them we wouldn’t be here.

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          • #6
            The weathermen who decided d-day.

            ‘May 28 1944, Senior Commander’s Briefing, Portsmouth (D-Day -8)
            As Stagg prepared to deliver his daily briefing to Eisenhower, he thought about what the Supreme Commander would be hoping to hear. With only eight days to go until 5th June — D-Day — Ike and his staff would be looking for confirmation that the weather was going to be acceptable.......’


            https://blog.usejournal.com/the-weat...y-d0eb5cad3f7e

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            • #7
              Originally posted by String View Post
              ‘May 28 1944, Senior Commander’s Briefing, Portsmouth (D-Day -8)
              As Stagg prepared to deliver his daily briefing to Eisenhower
              One remarkable fact that came out of the Queen's speech to Donald Trump was that Eisenhower was the first US President she'd met on a state visit. I'm not a royalist by any means, but even I was impressed by that.
              Kind regards, Sam Flynn

              "Suche Nullen"
              (F. Nietzsche)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sam Flynn View Post
                One remarkable fact that came out of the Queen's speech to Donald Trump was that Eisenhower was the first US President she'd met on a state visit. I'm not a royalist by any means, but even I was impressed by that.
                She met Harry Truman in 1951, before she even became Queen.

                I’m not a royalist, either, but I have enormous respect for Her Maj. She’s been on the throne all my life (some curry that must have been) and I have no problem thinking of her as my queen. When Chucky boy gets his go the monarchy will effectively be dead as far as I’m concerned. Time to become a wonky banana republic.

                I watched the D-Day celebrations on the telly. Very moving. I was interested to hear about the lightweight motorbikes that were parachuted into Normandy. My uncle Charlie went into Normandy shortly after D-Day and always insisted that he had been parachuted in on his bike.

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                • #9
                  Nothing to do with D-Day as such, but my great uncles Ben and Bob were responsible for escorting the traitor William Joyce, aka "Lord Haw Haw", after his arrest. The newsreel footage still exists, I believe, and my cousins inherited a still photo of the event in uncle Ben's family album.
                  Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                  "Suche Nullen"
                  (F. Nietzsche)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sam Flynn View Post
                    Nothing to do with D-Day as such, but my great uncles Ben and Bob were responsible for escorting the traitor William Joyce, aka "Lord Haw Haw", after his arrest. The newsreel footage still exists, I believe, and my cousins inherited a still photo of the event in uncle Ben's family album.
                    Great story, Gareth. Just a pity Bob wasn’t called Bill.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post
                      Great story, Gareth. Just a pity Bob wasn’t called Bill.
                      That'd be the Weeeeeed-Day Landings

                      (For those who don't know, Bill and Ben were puppets called the "Flowerpot Men", and they had a friend called Weed, who pronounced her name as "Weeeeeeed")
                      Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                      "Suche Nullen"
                      (F. Nietzsche)

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                      • #12
                        Is this it? Ben and Bob helpfully park right next to a puddle.


                        I wonder if there are any lip readers out there?


                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwoLStFRirA

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
                          Is this it? Ben and Bob helpfully park right next to a puddle.
                          Alas no. Ben and Bob were with him just after Joyce was arrested and bundled into a truck wearing his pyjamas. (By which I mean that he was wearing pyjamas, not the truck )

                          There's a still from the same event on Haw Haw's Wikipedia entry, top right:

                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Joyce
                          Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                          "Suche Nullen"
                          (F. Nietzsche)

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                          • #14
                            Ah, OK. Then how about this?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
                              Ah, OK. Then how about this?
                              That looks to be from the same instance, although I don't think either of those men in the frame are my great uncles. I could be wrong, though.
                              Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                              "Suche Nullen"
                              (F. Nietzsche)

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