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  • Bing, the dog of war who parachuted into France to become a D-Day hero

    06/06/2016 7:37:50 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 24 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Paul Harris
    He must have looked a fearsome sight as he parachuted into the heart of occupied Europe. His keen eyes scoured the battlefield for enemy troops and he was poised to hit the ground running. It might not have been quite what the Germans were expecting from Britain's D-Day invasion force – but Bing the para-dog played a vital role in liberating France.
  • Omaha Beach: The Greatest Moment in American History

    06/06/2016 10:20:34 AM PDT · by JewishRighter · 40 replies
    Vanity | June 6, 2016 | JewishRighter
    To my thinking, the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944 was the greatest day in American history. Of course, the grand scale of American industrial and military might and organizational genius on display that day are worthy of tremendous admiration. But more importantly by far was the greatness of the quintessential American character that prevailed: bravery, sacrifice, heroism, nobility of spirit, love of freedom and hatred of evil. And nowhere was this character better revealed than Omaha beach. Bloody Omaha. If the mention of that place does not arouse a mixture of somber reflection and profound admiration in your heart,...
  • DePaul president: Campus Black Lives Matter activists like D-Day troops

    05/28/2016 6:23:48 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 65 replies
    .washingtontimes ^ | May 26, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    <p>The president of DePaul University likens campus race activists who shut down a conservative event to troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II.</p> <p>A letter issued by Rev. Dennis Holtschneider said the students were wrong — yet also very much like Allied Forces who fought and died in France on June 6, 1944.</p>
  • This Little Boy Held A Salute For An Hour [powerful VIDEO]

    In June of 2014, an 11 year-old boy travelled to Normandy, France in honor of the seventieth anniversary of D-Day. While there, he launched a project called “Project Vigil” in which he spent four days tourists about three paratroopers who were buried in the American Cemetery. The boy had planned on wearing his WWII-style uniform to the official D-Day celebration, but local police wouldn’t allow him to do so. Undeterred, the boy threw on his uniform and headed to Omaha Beach with his American Flag. The boy planted the flag in the sand and spent an hour staring towards the...
  • Was Viking ruler Rollo Danish or Norwegian?

    03/03/2016 8:11:39 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 73 replies
    The Local ^ | Published: 02 Mar 2016 11:49 GMT+01:00 | The Local
    Norwegian researches opened a tomb containing the remains of descendants of Viking leader Rollo in Normandy, France on Monday with the aim of putting an end to a centuries-long debate: was Rollo Danish or Norwegian? Norwegian researchers opened a tomb containing the remains of descendants of Viking leader Rollo in Normandy, France on Monday with the aim of putting an end to a centuries-long debate: was Rollo Danish or Norwegian? “We have worked on investigating this for about seven years, so to finally obtain material that we can test for DNA is huge,” historian Sturla Ellingvĺg told NTB. Rollo was...
  • Campaign to bring the Bayeux Tapestry back to Britain

    06/24/2008 5:22:08 AM PDT · by Renfield · 24 replies · 95+ views
    A campaign has been launched to bring the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the world’s great works of art, back to Britain for the first time centuries, and put it on display in Canterbury Cathedral. The famous embroidery of the 1066 Norman Conquest is the subject of a major conference of world experts being held at the British Museum next month......
  • Maj. Dick Winters statue unveiled in France [2012]

    01/31/2016 6:49:21 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jun 6, 2012 | 1ApolloOne
    On June 6, 2012—the 68th anniversary of D-Day—a statue of Maj. Dick Winters was unveiled in the Normandy village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. Winters was the commander of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division after they parachuted into Normandy on June 6, 1944. His heroism and leadership was documented in the Stephen Ambrose book and mini-series "Band of Brothers". A young student named Jordan Brown—who lives just a few miles from Winters' Pennsylvania home—raised $99,000 selling armbands stamped with a phrase Winters used: "Hang Tough." The money was used to help pay for the statue of the late Mr....
  • D-Day Vet Goes on Final Jump

    01/31/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain ^ | January 28, 2016 | Peter Roper
    By Peter Roper The Pueblo Chieftain Published: January 28, 2016; Last modified: January 28, 2016 11:01PM Elmer Melchi survived parachuting into Normandy on D-Day and he survived jumping into Holland in Operation Market Garden -- although a German soldier shot him when the young 82nd Airborne paratrooper tried to escape from a POW camp. But death finally caught up with the tough 92-year-old veteran Thursday afternoon, taking him in his sleep at the Sangre de Cristo Hospice here. It was expected. Melchi had cancer and knew he was dying. "My dad went for his last jump," said a tearful...
  • Hal Baumgarten 29th Infantry [Survivor of D-Day short video]

    01/07/2016 12:13:52 AM PST · by beaversmom · 13 replies
    World War II Foundation ^ | October 27, 2014 | WWII Foundation
    Hal Baumgarten was a 19 year old private on D-Day. Jewish and originally from NYC, Baumgarten was in Company B of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th. He landed in the 2nd wave on Omaha Beach in one of the most heavily defended parts of Omaha, the Dog Green sector below the village of Vierville-sur-Mer (as depicted in the movie Saving Private Ryan). Hal was wounded 3 times on D-Day and twice more on June 7th. He had 23 surgeries after June 6, 1944, to repair wounds suffered on the Normandy coast of France. Hal has written several books...
  • October 25 anniversary of 3 major battles: Agincourt, charge of the Light Brigade and Leyte Gulf

    10/25/2015 6:51:24 PM PDT · by harpygoddess · 40 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 10/25/2015 | HarpyGoddess
    Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (wiki) in 1415, when the English under King Henry V defeated the French on St. Crispin's Day (25 October) of that year. Henry (1387-1422) followed his father King Henry IV to the throne in 1413 and two years later announced his claim to the French throne and rekindled the Hundred Years War by invading Normandy. This is also the anniversary of the "the charge of the Light Brigade" (wiki) at the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854. Although of relatively little importance in the larger context of the Crimean War,...
  • So good: Ben Carson goes to National Press Club and tells media how awful they are

    10/12/2015 7:38:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/12/15 | Dan Calabrese
    The press are your enemy. Treat them that way and don't back down. Not only is it the way to get elected, it's the way to govern too. Last week Rob explained one of the main reasons Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican nomination race, in spite of having spent only $2 million on his campaign so far. In essence, Trump understands what traditional Republican candidates don’t about how to deal with the media: Don’t take their crap, don’t let them intimidate you and don’t be afraid to call them on their idiocy and dishonesty. Perhaps you’ve noticed that...
  • Islamic Jihadi opens fire with AK-47. Terrorism not ruled out.

    08/22/2015 6:09:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 30 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-22-2015 | MOTUS
    It happened again: on a train filled with cheese eating surrender monkeys hurtling through the Belgian countryside towards Paris, the Americans came to the rescue: Crew on Paris-bound train barricaded themselves in their staffroom and locked the door as Kalashnikov-wielding terrorist went on the rampage – leaving PASSENGERS to take him down. And, as usual, the passengers were 3 Americans and a Brit. When an Islamic terrorist (Can I say that? The French called for caution before jumping to conclusions.) opened fire with an AK-47 (wait, you’re not allowed to have an assault rifle in France!) he was rushed and...
  • Why WWII Didn't End Sooner

    06/11/2015 6:12:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 125 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy-one years ago, the British, Canadians and Americans landed on the Normandy beaches to open a second ground front against Nazi Germany. Operation Overlord -- the Allied invasion of Western Europe -- proved the largest amphibious operation in military history, dwarfing even Xerxes' Persian invasion of Greece in 480 B.C. Brilliant planning, overwhelming naval support, air superiority and high morale ensured the successful landing of 160,000 troops on the first day -- at a cost of about 4,000 dead. Three weeks after the June 6 landings, nearly a million Allied soldiers were ashore, heading eastward through France. Hitler's once-formidable Third...
  • D-Day Lead Aircraft Found

    06/06/2015 2:43:37 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Late on the night of June 5, 1944, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain commanded by Lt. Col. John M. Donalson launched with 15 paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division on board. They were the very tip of the Allied invasion spear, leading a formation of hundreds of aircraft carrying thousands of troops. Just after midnight on June 6, That’s All, Brother navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord. Seven decades later, Staff Sgt. Matt Scales of the Alabama Air National Guard was researching Donalson’s...
  • Remember to remember - The Longest Day - 71 Years Ago! [Vanity]

    06/06/2015 5:38:38 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 6 replies
    On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard...
  • Who Says Obama Can't Do Two Things At Once: the Gum Slinger

    06/08/2014 7:31:32 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-8-2014 | MOTUS
    Proof that BHO can do two things at a time: in this case chewing gum while listening.I think it is going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once.Warning: do NOT attempt to add a third task, as it is likely to reveal the limits of even BO’s amazing multitasking abilities.“Spit that damn gum out Boo-Rock!”Important note for the White House Chief of protocol and the State Department:  Singapore does not recognize our Second Amendment right to pack a gum.And they frown on spitting it out too.“Skeeter Obama” shoots his bubble gum...
  • D-Day Veteran who sneaked off to Normandy returns to Portsmouth

    06/07/2014 11:34:10 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/07/2014 | Andy Dolan
    The 89-year-old D-Day veteran who sneaked out of his care home to Normandy has returned to a hero's welcome and declared: 'I would do it again tomorrow.' Hiding his war medals under a raincoat, Bernard Jordan told carers he was going for a walk before boarding a coach to France for the 70th anniversary - sparking a frantic missing person search. The former Royal Navy officer arrived into Portsmouth on a cross-channel ferry this morning, where he said: 'I expect I will be in some trouble with the care home, but it was worth it.'
  • Here is President Reagan’s remarkable speech at Point du Hoc on the 40th anniversary.

    06/07/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Joel C Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 6/6/2014 | Joel C Rosenberg
    Full title: "Today we honor men who fought on D-Day to defeat Nazis & end the Holocaust. Here is President Reagan’s remarkable speech at Point du Hoc on the 40th anniversary." Seventy years ago was “D-Day.” The bravest men America and our Allies had to offer stormed the French coast of Normandy. They did it to defeat the cruel and evil Nazi tyranny. They did it not to conquer but to liberate. They did it to set free the people of France, and all the people of Europe. They did it to liberate the concentration camps and end the Holocaust....
  • Moral Narcissism in a Week of Anniversaries

    06/07/2014 5:45:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-7-2014 | MOTUS
    June 4-5: Marks the 25th anniversary of The Tiananmen Square Protest in which hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Chinese citizens demonstrating for democracy were cut down by their government. June 5: Also marks the 10th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s death; the man who ended the Cold War by winning it. June 6-7: Marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, a horrific battle which landed Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy giving the Allied Forces a foothold in Europe that finally led to our victory in World War II. So here, for your weekend reflection, a couple of pieces...
  • D-Day: Three presidents, one of the great battles of history, and the heart and task of a nation

    06/06/2014 6:49:32 PM PDT · by LibertyGirl14 · 132 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | June 6, 2014 | J.E. Dyer
    A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece about the fading sentimental connection of today’s generations with World War II, the defining event of the 20th century. There is some oddity in living through the transition: in seeing the soldiers whom FDR called “our sons” become our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, and then the ghosts of history commemorated on tombstones. One of the most important transitions is the fading of the grand narrative by which we defined and guided our nation for so many decades. The hindsight of history has its rewards. But it has its drawbacks as well, as...
  • 9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day (2013)

    06/06/2014 5:52:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Colossal ^ | 9-25-2013 | Christopher Jobson
    This past weekend British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civilians, Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours...
  • Obama Chomps On Gum During D-Day Anniversary Event… Update: France Not Happy (Stay classy, Bammy)

    06/06/2014 5:13:32 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 64 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-6-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The leader of the Free World– Obama chews gum at 70th Anniversary of D-Day Ceremonies. Seventy years after thousands of brave men gave their lives for freedom and now we get this. Via Weasel Zippers:he French were not impressed with this disrespectful stunt. “No class at all” #Obama ac son chewing gum… Pas classe du tout #DDay70 — Laurent Caselli (@LaurentCaselli) June 6, 2014
  • Pope Francis honors each of the soldiers of D-Day

    06/06/2014 3:55:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | June 6, 2014
    Troops of E Company, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, wade onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. Credit: Chief Robert F. Sargent/US Coast Guard. Vatican City, Jun 6, 2014 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter sent Friday to French bishops, Pope Francis paid homage to the men who fought in the D-Day invasion of Normandy 70 years ago, which was one of the key turning points in World War II. “His Holiness Pope Francis unites himself wholeheartedly to the intercession of those who commemorate the tragic events which occurred here seventy years ago, and...
  • D-Day veteran reported missing by care home staff is found in Normandy

    06/06/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT · by DFG · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/06/2014 | Sophie Jane Evans
    A D-Day veteran who was reported missing from a care home has been found in Normandy after travelling to France to mark the invasion's 70th anniversary. Bernard Jordan, 89, a former mayor of Hove, sneaked out of The Pines nursing home in Furze Hill yesterday after being told by staff he could not make the trip to Normandy. Donning his war medals under a raincoat, the Royal Navy veteran joined his former comrades on a coach, before arriving at a hotel in Ouistreham, northwestern France, 12 hours later.
  • Pope Francis pays tribute to 'heavy sacrifice' of soldiers on 70th anniversary of D-Day landings

    06/06/2014 9:56:54 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | June 6, 2014 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for present generations to show gratitude for the “heavy sacrifice” of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy to fight against “Nazi barbarism” and free occupied France during World War II. He also states that it should serve as a reminder that excluding God from the lives of people and societies can bring nothing but death and suffering and he calls on the people of Europe to find their roots and future hopes in the Gospel of Christ. The Holy Father’s words are contained...
  • Disgusting, Shameless D-Day Spectacle in Normandy

    06/06/2014 8:52:15 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 44 replies
    Vanity | 6/4/2014 | Self
    This morning the BBC and Euronews TV were carrying what was advertised as the D-Day commemoration at Ouistreham beach in Normandy, France. What started as a tribute to the wonderful veterans, who were seated in the hot sun whilst the elites relaxed under the structures built for the occasion, quickly degraded into mindless, godless pandering for World Socialism by International Banking's puppet administrator in France, Hollande. Just when I thought they would proceed with something sensible, Hollande gave way to a most disgusting, new world order, fabian socialist, godless, modern dance propaganda infomercial for totalitarian statist globalist new world order....
  • D-Day: Hove veteran defies ban for Normandy trip

    06/06/2014 8:48:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/6/14 | BBC
    An 89-year-old WW2 veteran who was banned by his nursing home from going to France for the D-Day commemorations sneaked out and went anyway. The pensioner left the Hove home at 10:30 BST on Thursday and was reported missing in the evening, police said. The nursing home received a call from a younger veteran later on saying he had met the un-named veteran on a coach. The two were on their way to France and said they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham, Sussex Police said. Hundreds of veterans have been marking the 70th anniversary of the...
  • D-Day at 70: When Order Triumphed Over Evil

    06/06/2014 8:15:09 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies
    TFP.org ^ | June 4, 2014 | Francis Slobodnik
    This June 6th marks the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings. While not the largest amphibious operation in history, it is perhaps the most significant. Europe was pinned beneath the boot of National Socialism, a godless, gnostic sect that swept God from public life. The Normandy invasion spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. The scope of all that happened on D-Day is hard to fathom. Its success in all its many facets is a testimony to the powers of organization and order that once existed in America and her Western allies. On that day full of...
  • Watch: Awesome Tribute by Airline Gate Agent for WWII Vets On Their Way to France for D-Day

    06/06/2014 7:38:04 AM PDT · by montag813 · 53 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 06-06-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA group of World War II veterans got a sweet surprise on Wednesday, when a gate agent at the Detroit airport serenaded them with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem over the loudspeaker.The moving moment came on Monday, when the agent at DTW, Anna Marie Barile, started to sing over the PA system for passengers waiting for Delta flight 98 from Detroit to Paris.There were 12 WWII veterans on this particular flight, which was headed to Omaha Beach to recognize the 70th anniversary of D-Day. When it was announced over the PA system...
  • President Commemorates Anniversary of Normandy Invasion

    06/06/2014 5:54:45 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 8 replies
    vanity ^ | today | self
    Watch this awesome video of our President's Address at the Ceremony Commemorating the Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day at Point-du-Hoc. President Commemorates Anniversary of Normandy Invasion
  • Obama:'America's claim' written by those who served on D-Day (sez "hit singles" prez)

    06/06/2014 4:58:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Although Obama made no direct reference to that controversy, he did said of D-Day that “in this age of instant commentary, the invasion would have swiftly and roundly been declared, as it was by one officer, 'a debacle.'" He also cautioned against a “race to judgment.” President Obama marked the anniversary of the D-Day landings Friday with a tribute to the servicemen who stormed “democracy’s beachhead” 70 years ago, and the new generation of American soldiers who continue their mission. "America's claim — our commitment to liberty, to equality, to freedom, to the inherent dignity of every human being —...
  • Obama is a pygmy compared with the wartime leader Roosevelt

    06/05/2014 5:23:56 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5 June 2014 | MAX HASTINGS
    Of course it is a challenge for any modern national leader, to stand tomorrow on the beaches of Normandy and recall the greatest days and martial triumphs of World War II. The comparison is obvious and embarrassing, between the giants and the pygmies: Churchill and Cameron, Hollande and de Gaulle, above all Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama. This week, however, at the D-Day Commemoration, America’s representative will be a man who has disappointed his nation and its allies as have few presidents in modern times. In 2014, at least Britain’s prime minister and France’s president must bear responsibility only for...
  • At D-Day Commemoration, Few Mourn The War’s Losers

    06/05/2014 1:37:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    time ^ | Vivienne Walt / La Cambe, France
    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...
  • D-DAY: Rangers Lead to Way at Pointe du Hoc

    06/04/2014 11:03:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Pointe du Hoc on Normandy's northern coast was D-Day's "high ground." The promontory's 30-meter high cliffs overlooked two long and relatively flat "beach zones" capable of handling large amphibious landing ships. The beach to the northwest is now best known by its D-Day code name, Utah. The beach due east -- which connects to the narrow shelf below Pointe du Hoc's cliffs -- Allied planners dubbed Omaha. From the promontory, German guns could pummel landing crafts as they bobbed toward shore and then swing their barrels to rake the beaches with high explosives. Allied infantrymen would die in the sand....
  • What was D-Day?

    05/29/2014 4:44:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy years ago this June 6, the Americans, British and Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy in the largest amphibious invasion of Europe since the Persian king Xerxes invaded Greece in 480 B.C. About 160,000 troops landed on five Normandy beaches and linked up with airborne troops in a masterful display of planning and courage. Within a month almost a million Allied troops had landed in France and were heading eastward toward the German border. Within 11 months the war with Germany was over. The western front required the diversion of hundreds of thousands of German troops. It weakened...
  • A Christmas Eve Message to the Troops

    12/24/2013 5:30:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 24, 2013 | Ray V. Hartwell, III
    It is not often noted and perhaps little remembered these days, but seven decades ago this month the battles around the small Italian village of San Pietro decimated the olive groves and many of the American men advancing on well-fortified German positions. My father was commander of Company H of the 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, during that battle. He had become the company commander in earlier battles, after one more senior officer was captured and another simply quit the fight, telling medics he “couldn’t take any more.” The 36th Infantry Division, and my father, entered combat for the...
  • The Heroic Parachuting Dogs of D-Day

    12/19/2013 8:49:09 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    io9.com ^ | 12/18/2013 | George Dvorsky
    On the eve of the Normandy invasion, three planes carrying the members of Britain's 13th Battalion took off for France. In addition to the 60 men aboard, each plane carried one dog. The story of how these paratrooping canines got there — and what happened next — is nothing short of remarkable. Lazar Backovic has penned a fascinating article for Spiegel Online chronicling the brief but astounding story of Britain's parachuting dogs, or "paradogs." Much of the information in the article was drawn from a recent book written by Andrew Woolhouse, 13 - Lucky for Some: The History of the...
  • Mavis Batey, Bletchley Park code breaker in World War II, dies at 92

    11/23/2013 7:29:30 AM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2013 | Emily Langer
    Mavis Batey was a British student of 19, midway through her university course in German Romanticism, when she was recruited for a top-secret assignment during World War II.“This is going to be an interesting job, Mata Hari, seducing Prussian officers,” she recalled thinking years later. “But I don’t think either my legs or my German were good enough because they sent me to the Government Code and Cipher School.”In May 1940, Mrs. Batey — then the unmarried Mavis Lever — joined the team of code breakers at Bletchley Park, the British cryptography headquarters. Trained in the enemy’s language and endowed...
  • Gov’t shutdown spreads to beaches of Normandy

    10/03/2013 12:19:08 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    N.Y. Post ^ | October 3, 2013 | Associated Press
    PARIS — Tourists travelling to Omaha Beach to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will find it closed, a victim of the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.
  • UNBELIEVABLE: Obama closes Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial over shutdown

    10/03/2013 10:47:49 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 53 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | October 3, 2013 | The Right Scoop
    NEW YORK POST — Tourists travelling to Omaha Beach to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will find it closed, a victim of the U.S. government’s partial shutdown. The site overlooking the D-Day invasion beaches is one of 24 U.S. military cemeteries overseas that have closed to visitors since Monday. Ten more cemeteries in in France, as well as others in various European countries as well as Mexico, Panama, Tunisia and the Philippines, will remain closed for the duration of the shutdown.
  • Haunting reminder of millions of lost in war as artists stencil 9,000 bodies onto Normandy beach

    09/25/2013 12:36:35 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 33 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 9-23-13 | AARON SHARP
    British led project covered the famous coastline in poignant silhouettes A team of 500 artists and volunteers contributed the moving installation The 'fallen' were left to be washed away by the tide at the end of the day A pair of British artists have created this stunning installation of 9,000 silhouettes on a D-Day Landings beach to mark international Peace Day. The project, named, 'The Fallen' is a tribute to the civilians, German forces and Allies who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944. The design was the brainchild of Jamie Wardley, 33, and Andy...
  • French Translator Held for 'Provoking Terrorism'

    09/20/2013 2:28:36 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    THE LOCAL.fr ^ | September 20, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A webmaster from Normandy, northern France was arrested and charged on Thursday for "provoking" and condoning terrorism. He is accused of translating articles from the jihadist magazine Inspire into French." SNIPPET: "The 26-year-old, identified as Romain, was detained Tuesday for his role as administrator of the Ansar al Haqq website, a "reference" for the radical Islamist movement, and as a translator of magazines put out by militant group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Paris prosecutors said. Detained by intelligence officers in his native Calvados region of northern France, Romain said he converted to Islam when he was 20, prosecutors said. The Ansar...
  • Did Communist Influence Lead to D-Day Invasion over Italy Strategy?

    08/08/2013 6:40:45 AM PDT · by cutty · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Aug 2013 | Diana West
    The two most ardent boosters of the Normandy invasion were Stalin and Harry Hopkins ... Churchill famously urged that the advance on Germany continue from already-won bases in Italy and elsewhere in south-central Europe. Stalin’s demand for the big U.S.-British push in northern France, however, prevailed. According to the tally of one peeved letter to the editor in the New York Times, this would put the Allies on track to open their ninth front. Of course, in order to gather sufficient forces for the June 1944 D-Day invasion, men and equipment, particularly landing craft, had to be withdrawn from the...
  • Ronald Reagan's Normandy Speech

    06/06/2013 5:53:26 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 9 replies
    President Reagan's Address at a United States-France Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion/D-Day - 6/6/84. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Leb7ynduCU
  • 69 Years Ago Today....

    06/06/2013 3:21:00 PM PDT · by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig · 31 replies
    self
    69 years ago today my father in law was landing in Normandy France in a glider....crawling through hedgerows....doing his duty. Thank you Ralph "Bud" Thomas.
  • June 6: A walk across a beach in Normandy

    06/06/2013 10:53:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    American Digest ^ | 6/6/2013 | Vanderluen
    Today your job is straightforward. First you must load 40 to 50 pounds on your back. Then you need to climb down a net of rope that is banging on the steel side of a ship and jump into a steel rectangle bobbing on the surface of the ocean below you. Others are already inside the steel boat shouting and urging you to hurry up. Once in the boat you stand with dozens of others as the boat is driven towards distant beaches and cliffs through a hot hailstorm of bullets and explosions.... In front of you, over the steel...
  • D-Day 6/6/44 [Why Conservative Christians Will NEVER Give Up On America]

    06/06/2013 9:23:02 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6-6-2013 | Comments by me
    I cry every time I watch this video. Watch at 1:49...A soldier pats his friend on the back to encourage him before they attack the beach. I wonder if they survived. We own these brave men EVERYTHING. They loved freedom enough to die for it. It's for them we fight to save this Free Republic...and we will never give up. John 15:13 ~ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
  • The Boys Who Saved the World for the Rest of Us

    06/06/2013 9:04:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2013 | David Stokes
    It made the papers, but was covered far from sufficiently, when Elisha “Ray” Nance died a few years ago at the age of 94. You may never have heard of him, but he was well known around Bedford, Virginia, a picturesque town located at the feet of the Blue Ridge Peaks of Otter. He delivered mail in that neck of the woods for many years. But it was for what he did before becoming a letter carrier that he should be best remembered. Ray Nance was one of The Bedford Boys. In fact, he was the last surviving member of...
  • My D-Day Vacation

    06/06/2013 5:07:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | June 6, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I do want to tell you a couple things about my vacation. I had a couple of fascinating trips. I don't expect anybody to understand this. I really don't. I debated whether or not to even mention or make a big deal out of it. But we went places, Kathryn and I did, hoping that nobody would have ever heard of me. That, to us, was peace -- nobody caring who we were, where we were going, what we were saying, what we were doing -- and it happened. Nobody cared.
  • D-Day Vet: “We Made A Difference”

    06/06/2013 4:31:05 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 6, 2013 | O’Ryan Johnson
    One of the Bay State’s dwindling number of D-Day veterans recalls the Normandy Invasion — 69 years ago today — as a day when he and other young men “made a difference.”