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At D-Day Commemoration, Few Mourn The War’s Losers
time ^ | Vivienne Walt / La Cambe, France

Posted on 06/05/2014 1:37:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin

It may surprise the many Americans who have arrived in Normandy in France this week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, but the largest burial place here is not, in fact, the iconic U.S. war cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer about 10 miles from here. That site’s forest of sunlit, erect white crosses in perfectly symmetrical rows marks the graves of more than 9,387 Americans, memorialized for later generations in Hollywood movies, including the closing scene of the Tom Hanks hit, Saving Private Ryan.

Instead, among the many cemeteries for the 100,000 or so soldiers killed in the mammoth seaborne invasion on June 6, 1944 known as D-Day, and the three-month Battle for Normandy that followed, the biggest number of graves by far honor 21,222 soldiers who fought on the losing side: The Germans.

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: anniversary; dday; france; normandy
IIRC two of the three divisions defending Normandy were what the Germans called "static" divisions and were composed largely of non-Germans.
1 posted on 06/05/2014 1:37:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Few Mourn The War’s Losers

You mean the dirty krauts?

2 posted on 06/05/2014 1:41:49 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: BenLurkin

Should we be celebrating the soldiers of the regime that caused the deaths of tens of millions of people?


3 posted on 06/05/2014 1:43:03 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: BenLurkin

Time really needs to go out of business. I’m not going to mourn the loss of those who fought FOR evil, rather than against it.


4 posted on 06/05/2014 1:45:59 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: BenLurkin

Around 20 years ago, I got to meet one of my childhood idols.

General Robert L. Scot was signing books at a historical society meeting with the proceeds going to the museum at Warner Robbins AFB.

One question I got to ask him is how he felt about the Japanese pilots he fought against. It was clear his attitude had changed as he said “they were fighting for their country just as I was mine”.


5 posted on 06/05/2014 1:47:50 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

I was surprised to learn the region in Germany where my ancestors came from was the same one my father fought in during WWII. I asked him if he saw any cousins. He said he didn’t but he was looking for them.


6 posted on 06/05/2014 1:51:11 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: BenLurkin

Photos of the German cemetery:

https://picasaweb.google.com/VictorySpeedway/DaySixDDayTour

Photos of the British cemetery in Bayeux:

https://picasaweb.google.com/VictorySpeedway/DaySevenNormandyBritishCemetery

The British cemetery is adjacent to the Normandy Museum, one of the best in France.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler
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To: Jeff Chandler

The article points out the obvious: German mourners do not generally show up on D-Day, but come at other times of year.


8 posted on 06/05/2014 1:52:44 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: BenLurkin

It sucks to be the loser. Obama will have the particular distinction of having surrendered twice.


9 posted on 06/05/2014 1:53:00 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Peter W. Kessler

Thanks!


10 posted on 06/05/2014 1:55:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Well, the Nazis had a lot of Gaul.


11 posted on 06/05/2014 1:58:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

That’s good.

It’s sort of like who morns for the Romans?

They were fighting for their country. Many dead southerners were fighting for their country.

It is interesting that every March 15 dozens of roses are thrown onto Gaius Julius Caesar’s grave. By whom?

I have respect and pity for the families of the war victims, both German and Japanese.


12 posted on 06/05/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: yarddog

Boxers invariably bond together after a boxing match is over, sharing respect for each other and the guts to fight. (And they share a contempt for the audience who didn’t, but just sat there yelling).


13 posted on 06/05/2014 2:14:39 PM PDT by expat2
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To: BenLurkin; GeronL; Slings and Arrows

Did Time Magazine mourn when they proclaimed God dead?


14 posted on 06/05/2014 2:32:14 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

I doubt they were mourning, probably partying


15 posted on 06/05/2014 2:33:38 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: a fool in paradise; Twotone; Blood of Tyrants; GeronL; Slings and Arrows
My favorite quote from the article:

Excited local children wave U.S. flags at village ceremonies, even while singing the French anthem, “La Marseillaise.” And signs are splashed across the storefronts proclaiming the American heroes, who have arrived, many in wheelchairs, in what all realize is the world’s last glimpse of the D-Day generation.

“Merci a nos liberateurs!” or thank you our liberators, reads a sign, typical of the area, in La Cambe village, near the German cemetery.

16 posted on 06/05/2014 2:35:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I don’t know if “celebrating” is the right word. When Ronald Reagan laid a wreath at Bitburg cemetery he wasn’t celebrating Nazism. He was showing respect for the average German soldier who was fighting for his country and comrades, as solders do everywhere.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 2:38:10 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: BenLurkin

Remember all the heat Reagan took when he went to Bitburg?


18 posted on 06/05/2014 2:38:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Yup.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 2:38:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks for the post. I have relatives who were there (who survived but have passed in the last decade).


20 posted on 06/05/2014 2:41:17 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: BenLurkin
21,222 soldiers who fought on the losing side: The Germans

Good. Better dead Germans than Dead Allies.

21 posted on 06/05/2014 3:18:36 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: BenLurkin
Most of the German soldiers were just kids fed into the meat grinder. They had no air cover and precious little of anything else, so they died in wholesale lots. If their leaders had been worthy of them, they would have sued for peace long before D-Day.

Also, when we celebrate D-Day, let's spare a thought for the 10,000 or so French civilians killed in Allied bombing raids before the landings.

We won. Good for us. But all recollections of war, win or lose, should be somber affairs.

22 posted on 06/05/2014 3:33:55 PM PDT by jumpingcholla34
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To: jumpingcholla34

And many of them served as Hitler’s willing executioners in the “wild east”...Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estomis, and White Russia....side by side with the Einsatzgruppen.


23 posted on 06/05/2014 3:40:18 PM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: BenLurkin

When we went to Germany in 1979 we lived in a small village in the Saarland. I made friends with my neighbor who could speak very good English. He told me he learned to speak English in a British POW camp and that he was captured by the French partisans a couple of weeks after D Day. He thought the French were going to kill him but instead turned him over to the British. He also told me that on D Day he was assigned to a coastal artillery unit on one of the British beaches. Just like the German officer in “The Longest Day” who looks out his bunker to see the Allied ships from horizon to horizon, my neighbor had the same view. I recall him telling me that he was very scared. It was very interesting to listen to him tell his stories. We got to be pretty good friends and would sit in his garden and have a couple of beers. I always had the impression that he had never talked about his experiences to anyone. I didn’t pass judgment but rather just listened to him.


24 posted on 06/06/2014 8:00:14 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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