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72 years ago today

Post  Admin on Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:57 pm

...the D-Day invasion of Normandy took place. Each year, the number of those who were there are becoming less and less as their ages are now up in the 90s. It's sad to think that we're only about 10 years away from losing them all. Take a moment to remember the brave individuals who stormed those beaches and fought to take back and protect freedoms in the Western world.

If you were glued to a radio that day (like I could imagine many were), this is what you would've heard.
CBS Radio: 6-6-1944


Now, we'll wait for Lieven (OVERLORD) to post a bunch of cool pictures Wink

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Post  OVERLORD on Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:29 pm

Then and now

OMAHA





UTAH





GOLD





POINTE DU HOC





JUNO





CAEN





CARENTAN



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Re: 72 years ago today

Post  duke.johnson on Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:17 pm

Great pictures! I'll try to listen to the radio recordings tonight.
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Post  fredvon4 on Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:31 pm

Because "the family experience" as been first born sons serve in the military---(not some grand design just the way it worked out) being Frederick Carl von Gortler IV, and drafted in the US Army, seems I was successful in teaching my son to NOT follow and thus I am last of this world gene pool addition to have served.

I can trace grand fathers back to before WWI...So a lot of this history interests me.... contrasting.... I know little or nothing of the US Civil War and not overly enthusiastic to take the time to learn about it

Lieven, AKA OVERLORD, did a superb job of presenting a perspective that I personally lived (the NOW side of each place from history)

I made it a point on each of the five postings to Germany to visit many significant WWI or WWII places and reflect on my fore father's conditions as it must have / or might have, been.

In almost all places I (usually in US Army uniform) met many many local citizens who sincerely desired to buy me a glass of wine or beer and chat about the actions of the resistance and allies in LIBERATING the area I was visiting...

We tend to focus a lot at these times on Americas GREATEST Generation mostly forgetting each country had a lot of folks fighting or assisting from within their enclaves of existence

Not meaning to diminish the extraordinary actions of the allied forces ....but there are thousands of graves filled with patriot French/Italian/Dutch/Belgium/ and many many others countrymen

I am in awe of all the forces that stood for good and risked their lives to try to get back to PLAYING ON THE BEACH...at least for their children and generations after them

Thanks OVERLORD...well done photo essay
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Post  akjgardner on Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:29 pm

Thanks Overlord.Just got finished watching Band of Brothers. I watch it every year at this time.It blows my mind to think how brave all those men (boys) where. I wish I could personally thank each and every one of them.
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:41 am

Remarkable pictures. The contrasts are amazing. The P-47? washed up on the beach, the captured German Kubelwagen, the destruction restored to normalcy. And the perspective, same camera angles make it so real.

I don't remember D-Day, but I was seven when the war ended and saw the big black headline ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED!! in the New Hampshire Union-Leader. A year later my brother and I each received surplus backpacks full of mess kits, medical supplies, canteens, ammo belts. We used them for years during our camping trips.

Thanks Jacob and Lieven.
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June 7: D Day +1

Post  OVERLORD on Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:36 am

Bunker at OMAHA









JUNO





Farm near UTAH





This morning I was driving on the motorway and saw people returning home from the beaches. This Jeep returnes back to Holland. It's a spectacle we see here in Le Havre every year before and after D Day. I remember 2 years ago, I saw convois with GMC trucks, Dodge command cars and Willy's driving South.



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