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D-Day 65th Anniversary

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by daschoo, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. daschoo

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8084353.stm




    British veterans are taking part in a series of events in France on the eve of the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Commemorations began with a parachute drop to mark the airborne phase of the Normandy landings that launched the beginning of the end of World War II.
    On Saturday Prince Charles and Gordon Brown will attend a ceremony alongside the French and US presidents.
    It was on the evening of 5 June 1944 that a force of 130,000 allied troops set off for France from England.

    Their arrival on the French coast was replicated early on Friday morning by a landing craft from 1 Assault Group Royal Marines in Port au Bessin.
    There was a mass drop of British parachutists at the Pegasus Memorial in Ranville at 0745 BST.
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    Some of those who dropped into the same fields 65 years ago watched as members of today's 3 Para leapt from Dakota and Hercules aircraft.
    In the early hours of 6 June 1944, Allied glider landings and parachute drops enabled British troops to take the strategically important Pegasus Bridge near Caen.
    George "Les" Martin, 84, from Wigan, Lancs, was one of those who jumped. He said: "It was dark. You were huddled up in the plane and we got fed up.
    "We jumped through a hole in the floor, not like the modern way. You were sat on the edge of the hole with nothing to hold you in. It could be quite terrifying."
    As part of the commemorations, the Band of the Liberation marched across the bridge as onlookers watched from the first house in France liberated by the Allies on D-Day.
    Owned then and now by the Gondree family, the property is today a cafe with a sign marking its place in history.
    [IMG] Veterans Frank Allen (left), 85, and Cyril Askew, 92, arrive in Normandy


    The Normandy Veterans Association, for whom the occasion marks the last visit to France as a group, attended a service and parade at Monty's statue in Colleville-Montgomery at 1000 BST.
    And at 1300 BST the Royal British Legion, schoolchildren and veterans laid a wreath at Bayeux International War Cemetery.
    Later around 20 pipers will play as veteran Bill Millin visits the museum at Pegasus Bridge. On D-Day Mr Millin played his brigade ashore with his bagpipes.
    In Asnelles around 80 children from London and the south east will plant flags in the beach with messages of thanks and talk to veterans about their experiences. Late on Friday evening there will be 25 simultaneous firework displays along the Normandy coastline followed by the illumination of Port Winston, a temporary harbour built by the British in Arromanches.
    [IMG] Pegasus Bridge was the first bridge captured by British troops on D-Day


    The day will end with a midnight vigil attended by Chief of General Staff General Sir Richard Dannatt at Pegasus Bridge, Ranville.
    The main commemorations will take place on Saturday.

    French officials have said they will award their highest military award - the Legion d'Honneur - to 10 British veterans on Friday.
    The group includes several men who were among the first to land on the Normandy beaches on D-day and a female nurse who attended to the wounded on Gold beach.
    Veterans' Minister Kevan Jones, who will be at the ceremony at Les Invalides in Paris, said: "I am immensely proud that these British veterans are today being decorated with such an honour, in recognition of their great courage and bravery."
    On Tuesday, Clarence House confirmed that Prince Charles would travel to Normandy after he received a last-minute invitation from the French government.
    [IMG] The parachutists landed in the same fields as soldiers 65 years ago


    French officials denied they had intended to snub the Royal Family after it emerged that the Queen had not been invited to the commemorations.
    The Prince is expected to attend at least one event alongside US President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown.
    They will gather at the Normandy American Cemetery, by Omaha Beach - code name for one of the five beaches where the Allied invasion of German-occupied France began.
    Hundreds of British veterans will hold their main memorial event at the Arromanches beaches where thousands of UK and Canadian troops came ashore on 6 June 1944, and during the following days.
    There will also be a Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral.
    Elsewhere, vandals have smashed eight Commonwealth war graves and 12 veterans' memorial stones at a cemetery in Wallsend on Tyneside. The Royal British Legion called the attack "heartless" and "disgusting".
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    can't imagine what they went through and have the utmost respect for everyone of them. i read somewhere recently that there were around 20 nations involved in it which i have to say i never realised.
  2. burmafrd

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    There were small units and commando type units involved from many nations that had been over run. Poland, Holland, Belgium, etc. The governments in exile wanted their people involved.
  3. daschoo

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    no i knew that, was just surprised the number was so high. was watching a lot of coverage of it over the last week and it really hits home how horrendous it was. they were interviewing a guy from pensylvania who was the only guy on his boat that even made it on to the beach at omaha. doubt we'll ever fully understand just how much we owe these men. i think churchill said it best when he said "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
  4. bbgun

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    I see Google has decided to honor our brave, fallen warriors .. by celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tetris. You stay classy, Google.

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  5. CowboyPrincess

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    I was wondering what that was all about this morning.. LOL very classy of them /sarcasm
  6. CowboyPrincess

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    I watched the ceremony on tv and it was very well done. And I was touched about the veteran that visited last night and then passed in his sleep. There aren't many of those brave men left and we all owe them more than could ever be repayed
  7. Viper

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    Sarkozy's speach was very moving.
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I did not see where Ike or Roosevelt put a time table on this war. My how times have changed.
  9. burmafrd

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    That happens when you have people who realize that you get it done when you get it done. I am not a great admirer of Eisenhower but he did a decent job of keeping the coalition together despite all sorts of crap from Washington and then Churchill. Towards the end of the war the Combined Staff in Washington tried to run the war from 3000 miles away when communications were SOMEWHAT more limited then they are today. Add to that Churchill's scheming and interference and its no wonder the problems we had in Europe.
  10. DIAF

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    Google is a multinational, and it's company policy to not put up any recognition for military/war holidays/rememberances/etc so as to not offend other nations. Remember, US residents are not the only people that use google. Makes perfect sense to me and I don't hold that against them. They don't do religious holidays either for much the same reason, and have gotten into hot water with some religious groups about that in the past.
  11. Doomsday101

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    Ike was a very good commander having to deal with the different nations but the main thing as you said the job is done when it is done you can't put time constraints on doing the job and doing it right.
  12. daschoo

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    i take it you don't approve of his "you can always trust the americans to do the right thing, right after they've tried everything else!" quote then? :D
  13. burmafrd

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    Churchill had a mania for trying to invade the Balkans, and he had other quirks and such that were a problem since he considered himself a military leader. Anzio was mainly at his prodding, and so was Arnhem since he supported wholeheartedly that not well thought out operation despite the misgivings of many in SHAEF.
  14. DIAF

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    By Arnhem i assume you mean Market-Garden. (just so others will know what you are talking about)
  15. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Most military Historians use either term for that FUBAR B E operation.
  16. Temo

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    On a side note, Bing.com (new Microsoft search engine) had a pretty awesome picture of the Normandy shoreline on D-Day.

    Not that I have a problem with Google showing the Tetris thing. It's overblown.
  17. burmafrd

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    The tetris bs was totally uncalled for. BUT that is what you get with the MSM today.
  18. DIAF

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  19. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Why not? They have news and such?
  20. DIAF

    DIAF DivaLover159

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    Its an IT firm. The closest they come to "news" is having a news search engine/news aggregator available on the site.

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