************* REMEBRANCE ************ D-DAY  

katsback 57F
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6/6/2006 5:20 pm

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************* REMEBRANCE ************ D-DAY

May 1944 had been chosen at the conference in Washington in May 1943 as the time for the invasion. Difficulties in assembling landing craft forced a postponement until June, but June 5 was fixed as the unalterable date by Eisenhower on May 17. As the day approached and troops began to embark for the crossing, bad weather set in, threatening dangerous landing conditions. After tense debate, Eisenhower and his subordinates decided on a 24-hour delay, requiring the recall of some ships already at sea. Eventually, on the morning of June 5, Eisenhower, assured by chief meteorologist James Martin Stagg of a break in the weather, announced, “O.K. We'll go.” Within hours an armada of 3,000 landing craft, 2,500 other ships, and 500 naval vessels–escorts and bombardment ships–began to leave English ports. That night 822 aircraft, carrying parachutists or towing gliders, roared overhead to the Normandy landing zones. They were a fraction of the air armada of 13,000 aircraft that would support D-Day.

The airborne troops were the vanguard, and their landings were a heartening success. The American 82nd and 101st airborne divisions, dropping into a deliberately inundated zone at the base of the Cotentin Peninsula, suffered many casualties by drowning but nevertheless secured their objective. The British 6th Airborne Division seized its unflooded objectives at the eastern end more easily, and its special task force also captured key bridges over the Caen Canal and Orne River. When the seaborne units began to land about 6:30 AM on June 6, the British and Canadians on Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches overcame light opposition. So did the Americans at Utah. The U.S. 1st Division at Omaha Beach, however, confronted the best of the German coast divisions, the 352nd, and was roughly handled by machine gunners as the troops waded ashore. During the morning, the landing at Omaha threatened to fail. Only dedicated local leadership eventually got the troops inland–though at a cost of more than 2,000 casualties.

We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!

This is a war of the unknown warriors; but let all strive without failing in faith or in duty, and the dark curse of Hitler will be lifted from our age.

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Djeeper1987 48M

6/6/2006 5:59 pm

I was just thinking about that today and said a thank you at this grave at one of the houses I visit once a month. Even thou he is a Vietnam Vet, I thank all the Vets living and dead for there call to duty to protect all our freedom.

Carpe Diem

leegs55 56M

6/6/2006 6:55 pm

we should kiss the ground these fine women and men of the us military walk on. my cousin inlisted..he is in iraq.

i give them alot of credit!!!

nice post kat..neve forget our heros!!!

TTigerAtty 63M

6/7/2006 9:26 am

Kat, good post! I posted three re. the D-Day Normandy invasion yesterday. You might wanna check them out. Winston Churchill was a courageous leader, though not politically popular in his day. Sometimes, our leaders have to make very unpopular, tough decisions. I know that Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George Bush must feel terribly lonely these days as their political popularity has dropped so low. I pray for the young men and women from coaltion forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I pray for uncommon wisdom in our leaders that they may find a way to bring these conflicts to successful endings.

Another neat quote from Sir Winston Churchill - "Never, never, never, never give up!"

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