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Photo gallery: D-Day, 75 years ago

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Posted By: StormCnter, 6/5/2019 9:32:51 AM

“As one officer said,” war correspondent Ernie Pyle wrote shortly after the invasion, “the only way to take a beach is to face it and keep going. It is costly at first but it’s the only way.” On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched a massive invasion of the French coast at Normandy, opening a new front that helped defeat Nazi Germany and end the war in Europe within a year. “In the light of a couple of days of retrospection,” Pyle wrote from the front, “we sit and talk and call it a miracle that our men ever got on at all or were able to stay on.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: voxpopuli 6/5/2019 9:59:52 AM (No. 91138)
most i've EVER looked at anything from politico/politburo.. but good pics.. if hollywood re-did this story NOW, half the soldiers would be black or lbgqtrxz
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rumblehog 6/5/2019 10:29:22 AM (No. 91155)
Most don't know that those paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st dropped in from 500 feet. For perspective our normal training drops are from 1,200 feet and "standard" combat jumps are from 800 feet. Exiting from 500 feet makes an emergency chute worthless. They didn't really need them that morning. The men who managed to make it to the ground alive and in the dark could hear what sounded like watermelons slamming into the ground all around them. These turned out to be fellow paratroopers whose parachutes had failed.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Calvinesq 6/5/2019 11:02:19 AM (No. 91182)
Thanks for posting. These were very brave men. One historical criticism that I have seen: The commanders in the Atlantic did not take advantage of the experience of the prior and extensive landings made by our men in the Pacific. Yes, conditions were different, but that prior experience could have made a difference for the high casualties on D-Day. In any event, bravo! to these men, and thanks.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lawsy0 6/5/2019 11:21:10 AM (No. 91200)
What #1 said.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Maggie2u 6/5/2019 1:30:02 PM (No. 91301)
Poster #2, my dad was in the 82nd Airborne. The 'Devils in Baggy Pants'. He was wounded a month after D-day. Taken back to England where he stayed a couple of months in hospital before being sent back to the U.S. He and my mom were married in November 1944. He had enlisted in Seattle so that's where he was sent for more surgery but there was no room, so instead, he went to a Veteran's hospital in Vancouver Wa.. that's where my brothers and I were born. They lived there until 1960 when they moved to Seattle and we've been here ever since. My dad died in Jan. 2002, he would have been 100yrs old this past December. They're called the greatest generation for a reason.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Maggie2u 6/5/2019 1:31:59 PM (No. 91302)
Excuse the second post but I meant to add that whenever there are pictures of WW2, I scan them looking for my dad. So far, never have seen him.
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