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  • Obama's Itinerary Irks German Government

    05/29/2009 10:31:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 1,330+ views
    SPIEGEL ^ | 05/29/2009 | jcm
    Differences over Obama's itinerary in Germany suggest his ties with Angela Merkel remain awkward. The stopover is expected on Thursday, after a widely anticipated address by Obama on his Middle East policies in Cairo on June 4 and prior to his visit in France on June 6 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landing of the Allied troops at Normandy in 1944. In Germany, Obama plans to skip the capital in Berlin and instead visit the eastern states of Thuringia and Saxony. And even there, the German government has had little influence over his itinerary. The White House has...
  • Normandy Tour - Advice Needed

    05/29/2009 5:04:49 AM PDT · by Peter W. Kessler · 33 replies · 624+ views
    My Own Gray Matter | 5/29/09 | Myself
    I'd like to tour the Normandy battlefields, work my way inland, and end in Berlin.
  • HARRY PHIBBS: Capitulation, collaboration and the cheese-eating surrender monkeys

    05/27/2009 1:36:43 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 511+ views
    Daily Mail Online ^ | May 27, 2009 | Harry Phibbs
    No good deed goes unpunished. We can't forget that Britain saved France from Nazi tyranny in the Second World War. And that the task was not helped by the French people's widespread collaboration with the Nazi occupiers. On June 6 1944 a massive liberation got under way. On that day 160,000 British, Canadian and American soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy in the largest ever amphibious invasion during a single day. Huge vats of British blood were spilled so that France could be free. 17,556 British and 5,316 Canadian troops who died in the fighting are buried in France....
  • 05-26 D-Day question of the day

    05/26/2009 5:27:15 AM PDT · by franksolich · 13 replies · 1,634+ views
    conservativecave ^ | May 26, 2009 | franksolich
    In all descriptions of landings on Normandy, especially those on the Omaha front, one encounters cases of men being separated from their units. Of course; especially on the Omaha front, they all seemed to have landed--those who succeeded--in scattered fragments, bits-and-pieces strewn here and there. Cohesion with those whom one knows, I suppose, is important for military morale and success. Suppose one is a 19-year-old infantryman, suddenly in the hedgerows of Normandy, all alone. He is in a world he has probably never seen before, and one assumes his first instinct would be to find others like himself, who might...
  • 'Scotty' Doohan Gave Hitler the Finger (Almost Died at Normandy)

    05/19/2009 9:43:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 2,832+ views
    THE OBSERVER ^ | 5/19/09 | SHAWN JEFFORDS
    He bested the forces of Adolf Hitler on the beaches of Normandy and blasted genetic superman Khan Noonien Singh out of space in a far-flung galaxy. How can James Doohan not be the greatest Sarnia of our time? Heck, he might be the greatest of all space and time? Doohan is best known for his role as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the excitable, dependable and miracle-working chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise on the classic '60s sci-fihit Star Trek. If your dilithium crystals were ever fried, your photo torpedo tubes jammed or you were short a man in a brawl with...
  • The Incredible Arrogance of Obama

    05/10/2009 8:26:37 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 19 replies · 1,193+ views
    Obama has asked that no tourists be allowed to tour Normandy that day because HE will be there. It's the 65th anniversary of D-Day and he doesn't want to let anybody else in. You have Wanda Sykes at the Nerd Prom last night telling people that Rush Limbaugh ought to be tried for treason because he said he hopes Obama fails. Okay, she's a comedienne and can say crap like that. But when a President of the United States releases documents that endanger troops and national security, when he releases terrorists onto United States soil, when he alienates longtime allies...
  • Obama Bans the Commonfolk from Normandy

    05/09/2009 7:28:30 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies · 1,693+ views
    breitbart ^ | John Romano
    A lot of the difference, the change if you will, between Obama and Bush has much to do with the word humility. George Bush is and was a humble man. Obama thinks the world counts on him and him alone to lead us. Bush went to church and prayed often. Obama puts out press releases about his supposed piety. The left sold a great bill of goods to the American people claiming that Bush, et al. were arrogant while insisting that Obama was a “man of the people. The 65th Anniversary of D-Day is fast approaching. Barack Obama will attend...
  • Obama Bans the Commonfolk from Normandy

    05/09/2009 5:11:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 1,864+ views
    bighollywood.breitbart.com ^ | May 9, 2009 | John Romano
    A lot of the difference, the change if you will, between Obama and Bush has much to do with the word humility. George Bush is and was a humble man. Obama thinks the world counts on him and him alone to lead us. Bush went to church and prayed often. Obama puts out press releases about his supposed piety. The left sold a great bill of goods to the American people claiming that Bush, et al. were arrogant while insisting that Obama was a man of the people. The 65th Anniversary of D-Day is fast approaching. Barack Obama will attend...
  • lost another Great Living American--Bud Ollom -82nd WW2 veteran

    04/27/2009 9:51:30 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 781+ views
    none ^ | 4-27-09 | Wobbly Bob
    Bud passed away at his residence in Cottage Grove, MN on April 26, 2009. Funeral arrangements are pending... http://www.mnlegion.org/paper/html/ollom.html Bud was also a member of the Midwest All Airborne Alliance http://www.midwestallairborne.com/Pages/Events.php
  • Last Remaining Bedford Boy Dies

    04/20/2009 5:20:31 PM PDT · by loveitor.. · 11 replies · 786+ views
    WSET, ABC 13 ^ | 04/20/09
    Stay on top of breaking news! Sign up for ABC 13 e-mail alerts. Your Email: Bedford, VA - The last remaining member of the World War Two "Bedford Boys" has died. The group was part of the D-Day invasion. Ray Nance passed away yesterday, at 94-years-old. He was one of 34 servicemen from the Bedford area who landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th. Nance was second-in-command of the A-company and was also the only officer in the company who made it home. While he was alive, the veteran visited the D-Day Memorial in Bedford once a week.
  • Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany

    04/08/2009 11:55:05 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 45 replies · 1,685+ views
    Notoriously Conservative.com ^ | 04 08 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    From the UK Telegraph: Barack Obama, concerned about offending Britain and Germany, rebuffed strenuous attempts by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to persuade the new American president to make a trip to Normandy this week. White House officials travelled to France at the start of March to discuss a visit by Mr Obama to Omaha Beach, the site of the American Cemetery, established in 1944 just after D-Day and where 9,387 American personnel are buried. Among them is Theodore Roosevelt Jr the eldest son of the 26th US President.French officials and senior American military officers walked with White House staff...
  • Barack Obama Rejects Normandy Trip To Avoid Offending Germany [Is Your Blood Boiling?]

    04/07/2009 8:13:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 89 replies · 2,980+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 07, 2009
    Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany Barack Obama, concerned about offending Britain and Germany, rebuffed strenuous attempts by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to persuade the new American president to make a trip to Normandy this week. By Toby Harnden, US Editor, and Henry Samuel in Paris 02 Apr 2009 White House officials travelled to France at the start of March to discuss a visit by Mr Obama to Omaha Beach, the site of the American Cemetery, established in 1944 just after D-Day and where 9,387 American personnel are buried. Among them is Theodore Roosevelt Jr the...
  • Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany

    04/06/2009 4:20:18 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 169 replies · 6,021+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 2, 2009 | Toby Harnden, US Editor, and Henry Samuel in Paris
    Barack Obama, concerned about offending Britain and Germany, rebuffed strenuous attempts by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to persuade the new American president to make a trip to Normandy this week. White House officials travelled to France at the start of March to discuss a visit by Mr Obama to Omaha Beach, the site of the American Cemetery, established in 1944 just after D-Day and where 9,387 American personnel are buried. Among them is Theodore Roosevelt Jr the eldest son of the 26th US President. French officials and senior American military officers walked with White House staff through the cemetery...
  • Video - Normandy invasion - D-Day German footage - Amazing

    02/27/2009 8:38:43 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 13 replies · 1,714+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 02 27 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    (Video on Site) Combat footage. Die Deutsche Wochenschau. 6th June 1944, Normandy invasion from German perspective. As late as 13:35 the German 352nd division was reporting that the assault had been hurled back into the sea. From their vantage point at Pointe de la Perce overlooking the whole of the beach from the western end the German perception was that the assault had been stopped at the beach. An officer there noted that troops were seeking cover behind obstacles and counted ten tanks burning. However, as early as 07:35 the third battalion 726th Grenadier Regiment, defending Draw F-1 on Fox...
  • Vanity, but if I do say so myself one very much worth reading...

    10/14/2008 10:17:21 AM PDT · by republicanbred · 9 replies · 699+ views
    This is an email I just sent out to about 50 people. Hello All, I have been thinking about the dangers of the upcoming election, and wanted to share an experience I had over the summer that I guarantee few Americans shared. This summer we went to Europe to tour many of the WWII historical sites, and happen to be at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach (Bloody Omaha), on June 26, 2008. For those who do not realize the significance of that date, it is the date on which the Supreme Court decided the Heller Case. Not familiar with...
  • Robert Murphy, at 83; led paratroopers to D-day site

    10/09/2008 6:33:38 AM PDT · by BronzePencil · 15 replies · 1,422+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 10-9-2008 | Gloria Negri
    In Sainte-Mre-Eglise, a small town in the Normandy region of France, is Rue Robert Murphy, a street named in honor of the Roslindale lad who joined the Army at 17, parachuted there on D-day, and dedicated part of his life to maintaining the memory of the civilians and soldiers who died there on June 6, 1944.
  • France's most famous WWII museum holds a "inside job" conference on 911

    09/20/2008 12:14:46 PM PDT · by drzz · 18 replies · 917+ views
    The well-known WII museum of Normandy, France, authorized within its walls a conference organized by the extremists who pretend 911 was an inside job. Held on September 16, 2008, the conference features several commentators, from the one attributing the 911 attacks to the neocons to the one saying it was the jews. The "Memorial de Caen" was built to commemorate the millions of Allies who landed in France in 1944 to liberate the country.
  • Road of freedom

    09/06/2008 11:38:07 PM PDT · by davethesith · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Blog La pense noconservatrice ^ | 2007-08 | Davethesith
    Here's a travel in the french Normandy, where so many young americans have given their life for the freedom of Europe La route de la libert 2007envoy par davethesith
  • Revealed: The astonishing D-Day tanks found at the bottom of the English Channel

    08/06/2008 6:36:41 AM PDT · by DemonDeac · 71 replies · 743+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 05th August 2008 | DEBRA KILLALEA
    "Scuba divers searching for hidden treasures at the bottom of the English Channel got more than they bargained for when they stumbled across two massive army tanks on the ocean floor." "Divers found the massive vehicles were relatively well preserved with guns still intact even after more than 64 years under sea. And by painstakingly checking minute details on the sunken vehicles against historical records, investigators managed to identify them as rare British Centaur CS IV tanks. The historic weapons were destined for battle during the D-Day landings but never arrived. Historians discovered the tanks fell overboard when a landing...
  • France salutes a hero of Normandy (from "the Tough Ombres", 90th Infantry Division)

    08/07/2008 1:00:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 214+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/07/08 | Mark Gomez
    Like many in his generation, Bob Kenyon buried the memories of his World War II experience for years. The Menlo Park man shared only the basics with his wife and son: that he was among the first soldiers to storm Utah Beach during the Normandy invasion and that he nearly lost his life in the fighting. It wasn't until the decorated war veteran and his wife, Ruth, returned to Normandy for the 40th anniversary of D-Day that Kenyon began to open up about his wartime experience. --snip-- Kenyon received the French Legion of Honor during an emotional ceremony July 9...
  • French Chop Down Historic 'Name Trees' Carved by U.S. Soldiers During Normandy Invasion

    06/13/2008 7:13:57 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 16 replies · 280+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2008 | The Times
    The names "Thomas and Dorothy" were carved in the bark of one trunk. Another said "Bob and Carma." Other trees were marked with soldiers home states Iowa, Maine or Alabama and several bore hearts and the names or initials of a wife or girlfriend. The beech trees of Saint Pierre de Varengeville-Duclair forest in France bore a poignant testimony to the D-Day landings for more than six decades. Thousands of American soldiers stationed there after the liberation of Normandy spent their spare hours with a knife or bayonet creating a lasting reminder of their presence. Although the trees...
  • Officials fell trees inscribed by US soldiers who fought for France

    06/12/2008 11:14:54 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 9 replies · 216+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | 6/13/08 | Adam Sage
    The names Thomas and Dorothy were carved in the bark of one trunk. Another said Bob and Carma. Other trees were marked with soldiers home states - Iowa, Maine or Alabama - and several bore hearts and the names or initials of a wife or girlfriend. The beech trees of Saint Pierre de Varengeville-Duclair forest bore a poignant testimony to the D-Day landings for more than six decades. Thousands of American soldiers stationed there after the liberation of Normandy spent their spare hours with a knife or bayonet creating a lasting reminder of their presence.
  • Medal of Honor Recipients, Normandy Invasion

    06/06/2008 12:41:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies · 4,337+ views
    MedalofHonor.com ^ | June 6, 2004
    Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, Americans heard on their radios that thousands of American and British soldiers had landed on the beaches of northern France. They were fighting German soldiers. This day marked the beginning of the end of one of the bloodiest wars ever: World War II. The American and British invasion of France was a top-secret mission called "Operation Overlord." When they landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, the goal of every soldier was to drive the German military back. Thousands of men died during that effort, either in the churning...
  • D-Day 1944

    06/06/2008 12:54:48 PM PDT · by Mr. Dough · 47 replies · 858+ views
    Brave Men | 1944 | Ernie Pyle
    ON THE ROAD TO BERLIN OWING to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn't arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore. By the time we got there the beaches had been taken and the fighting had moved a couple of miles inland. All that remained on the beach was some sniping and artillery fire, and the occasional startling blast of a mine geysering brown sand into the air. That plus a gigantic and pitiful litter of wreckage along miles of shore line. Submerged tanks and overturned...
  • D-Day: June 6, 1944

    06/06/2008 10:57:43 AM PDT · by ETL · 21 replies · 140+ views
    June 6, 1944, 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. General 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 days end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.http://www.army.mil/d-day/
  • Southeast Texas Seniors describe Storming Beqach at Normandy as Young Men

    06/06/2008 10:23:11 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 10 replies · 718+ views
    The Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 6/6/08 | Rose Ybarra
    Southeast Texas seniors describe storming beach at Normandy as young men By: ROSE YBARRA, The Enterprise 06/06/2008 Updated 06/06/2008 09:57:18 AM CDT Arlie Horn stands by a display of medals he received while serving in the U.S. Army. On the evening of June 5, 1944, Arlie Ray Horn and his fellow soldiers from the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division were fired up. Their adrenaline was pumping as they prepared mentally and physically to invade Omaha Beach - the code name for a spot on the shores of Normandy on the French coast. The troops were ready for immediate battle against...
  • Erin Pyle from Normandy..D-Day June 1944

    06/06/2008 10:15:23 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 39 replies · 1,128+ views
    The Indianan School of Journalism ^ | June 1944 | Ernie Pyle
    Since today is the 64 Anniversary of D-Day, thought I would post Erin Pyle's 3 columns from Normandy. Even across the gap of years, his words are incredibly powerful. Column 1 A Pure Miracle NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 - Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didnt arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore. By the time we got here the beaches had been taken and the fighting had moved a couple of miles inland. All that remained on the beach was some sniping...
  • (VIDEO IN COLOR) 64 yrs ago the longest day - AMERICAN HEROISM

    06/06/2008 3:28:56 AM PDT · by drzz · 20 replies · 130+ views
    VIDEO (color) ^ | 06 06 2008 | drzz
    "America will become the greatest hope for the free people around the world. It has shown that men can live free in a nation." TURGOT, French philosopher, 1783. THANKS TO HAVE LIBERATED MY CONTINENT, PALS! GOD BLESS BUSH GOD BLESS YOU GOD BLESS AMERICA, the light on the hill
  • Veteran frogman was among first to hit Normandy beaches

    06/05/2008 5:22:25 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 10 replies · 203+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/5/08 | Kevin Dougherty
    To have participated in Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, now thats something. To have waded ashore through a deathly brew of bullets, blood and floating bodies, well, thats a feat of a totally different stripe. But to have been a Navy frogman, the first to touch beach the morning of June 6, 1944, thats the stuff legends are made of. A forerunner to the Navy special operations force known as the SEALs, Naval Combat Demolition Units cleared the way for the initial invasion force on that historic day. "There was stuff blowing up all...
  • In Memoriam - June 6, 1944

    06/01/2008 5:54:34 PM PDT · by PowderMonkey · 33 replies · 152+ views
    <p>Dedicated in memory of all those who landed in Normandy June 6, 1944.</p> <p>In loving memory and with eternal gratitude. Thanks, Dad. Thanks, Uncle Ralph. At ease, fellas. Bravo Zulu.</p>
  • French Families Adopt U.S. Graves in Normandy

    05/27/2008 8:09:38 AM PDT · by BGHater · 20 replies · 119+ views
    NPR ^ | 26 May 2008 | Eleanor Beardsley
    Eight years ago, a French couple founded an organization that adopts graves of American servicemen who died during the Normandy invasion of World War II. The volunteer group encourages French families to lay flowers on the graves when the Americans' own families can't do it. High on a bluff above Omaha Beach, the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer is a place of stunning beauty and tranquility. Rising from thick, manicured grass, rows of white crosses and stars of David face westward, towards America. It's hard to imagine that 64 years ago, war raged here. But there are the 10,000 graves to...
  • Silent They March Like Pantomime

    09/06/2007 1:09:37 PM PDT · by Paige · 22 replies · 656+ views
    Focal Point USA ^ | August 6, 2007 | Rich Carroll
    Before you French cowards completely surrender your sovereignty and flag in fearful fatalistic apathy to the "army of Allah", I appeal to you to visit Normandy's lovely landscape one last time. Look out upon the graves of thousands of American soldiers who died to keep you from Hitler's tyranny. Your new conqueror, Islam, will soon become "offended" by the row upon row of white marble crosses and Stars of David gravestones and want them removed, so take one good look at men of character who thought more of your sovereignty than you do.
  • 'To Old Times' - A toast to American troops, then and now

    08/23/2007 9:06:52 PM PDT · by gpapa · 7 replies · 358+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | August 24, 2007 | PEGGY NOONAN
    Once I went hot-air ballooning in Normandy. It was the summer of 1991. It was exciting to float over the beautiful French hills and the farms with crisp crops in the fields. It was dusk, and we amused ourselves calling out "Bonsoir!" to cows and people in little cars. We had been up for an hour or so when we had a problem and had to land. We looked for an open field, aimed toward it, and came down a little hard. The gondola dragged, tipped and spilled us out. A half dozen of us emerged scrambling and laughing with...
  • The Other D-Day

    06/11/2007 3:58:55 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 12 replies · 1,087+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 11, 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The Washington Times | June 11, 2007 Sixty-three years ago this week, we landed on the Normandy beaches. As on each anniversary of June 6, 1944, much has been written to commemorate the bravery and competence of the victorious Anglo-American forces.</p>
  • The Lessons from D-Day

    06/06/2007 9:59:47 PM PDT · by gpapa · 16 replies · 990+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 07, 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Sixty-three years ago this week, we landed on the Normandy beaches. As on each anniversary of June 6, 1944, much has been written to commemorate the bravery and competence of the victorious Anglo-American forces. All true. But as we ponder this achievement of the Greatest Generation that helped lead to the surrender of Nazi Germany less than a year later, we should remember that the entire campaign was, as Wellington said of Waterloo, a near-run thing. Our forefathers made several mistakes. They attacked nonexistent artillery emplacements. Planes dropped paratroopers far from intended targets. Critical landing assignments on Omaha Beach were...
  • USS Intrepid Returns to NYC on D-Day

    06/06/2007 6:03:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 1,199+ views
    AP ^ | Jun 6, 2007 | PAT MILTON,
    The USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, glistening from a full-body makeover, arrived in style at Staten Island on Wednesday to the cheers, hoots and hollers of former crew members and World War II veterans. "It's like running into an old girlfriend who had a facelift," said 82-year-old Ray Stone, a former Navy radar man who served on board the Intrepid from 1943 to 1945. "I nearly broke down in tears when I saw her," said Stone. "Her bottom has been scraped of barnacles and she looks just like she did way back when." Stone was among about 400 people who attended...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 6-06-07

    06/06/2007 5:02:02 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 144 replies · 3,110+ views
    President Bush arrived in Heiligendamm, Germany today to attend the 2007 G8 Summit. There he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Transcript) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Transcript) First Lady Laura Bush participated in the opening ceremonies at the Schwerin City Library in Schwerin, Germany. Marking the 63rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met with veterans in Normandy and spoke at a ceremony unveiling the new visitor center at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Gates Visits Normandy to Honor Lives Lost to Fight Oppression

    06/06/2007 4:29:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 390+ views
    COLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France, June 6, 2007 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today visited the Normandy Coast here to honor the almost 10,000 Americans killed during the D-Day invasion 63 years ago today and to offer a reminder that Americans are once again giving their lives to fight an enemy driven to destroy freedom. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates tours the American cemetery during the 63rd Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 6, 2007. Photo by Cherie A. Thurlby, Department of Defense(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates, traveling here with new French Defense Minister Herve Morin, dedicated...
  • This day in History: D-Day, June 6, 1944

    06/06/2007 5:12:35 AM PDT · by abb · 34 replies · 1,075+ views
    History.com ^ | June 6, 2007 | Staff
    On this day in 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the go-ahead for largest amphibious military operation in history: Operation Overlord, code-named D-Day, the Allied invasion of northern France. By daybreak, 18,000 British and American parachutists were already on the ground. At 6:30 a.m., American troops came ashore at Utah and Omaha beaches. At Omaha, the U.S. First Division battled high seas, mist, mines, burning vehicles-and German coastal batteries, including an elite infantry division, which spewed heavy fire. Many wounded Americans ultimately drowned in the high tide. British divisions, which landed at Gold, and Sword beaches, and...
  • D-DAY - June 6, 1944: the greatest generation saved the world from the Nazis

    06/05/2007 8:57:58 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 125 replies · 3,303+ views
    D-DAY HISTORY AND LINKS D-Day: It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler's dream of Nazi domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men. After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for the Allied Forces, it all came down to this: The boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs. Many of the first young men (most not yet 20...
  • Invasion of Normandy coast re-created on XM Track 4, June 6, 2007

    06/02/2007 5:09:45 PM PDT · by Excellence · 17 replies · 758+ views
    XM Radio ^ | 2 June 2007 | Bob Moke, Music Director, The Savoy Express
    On 6/6, DC-based XM Satellite Radio's 1940's channel, The 40s (XM-4), will re-create radio's coverage of the D-Day invasion of the Normandy coast of France. Beginning with the first bulletin from that morning, which aired at 12:41 AM (ET), XM will air in real-time NBC's original radio news bulletins of the invasion (currently housed in the National Archives) as heard by radio listeners nearly 63 years ago. The special will be based on the original NBC broadcast schedule, which is cataloged in the Library Of Congress, and will conclude at 5:45 PM on 6/7. The marathon will also feature music...
  • Dedication of New Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center Set for June 6, 2007

    02/05/2007 2:37:50 AM PST · by Stoat · 17 replies · 2,168+ views
    Dedication of New Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center Set for June 6, 2007 Sixty-three years after Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to turn the tide of World War II in Europe, a new visitor center at the Normandy American Cemetery in France will open in June 2007 to tell the story of the 9,387 Americans buried there and put the D-Day landings and follow-on battle in Europe in perspective as one of the greatest military achievements of all time. The $30 million visitor center will be dedicated and opened to the public on June 6, 2007 during...
  • The American warrior Part II Why American warriors will defeat the terrorists

    08/15/2006 12:24:25 PM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 14 replies · 1,266+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | August 15, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    For those who may never have served in an elite unit, laughing and singing in the face of death, boasting about wanting to fight and welcoming the sting of battle, might seem like the behavior of disturbed, socially disconnected people. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • My thoughts on the Normandy anniversary

    06/06/2006 8:54:28 PM PDT · by TexasPatriot8 · 33 replies · 644+ views
    I couldn't go to bed tonight without saying something about the anniversary of Normandy. There can NEVER be enough said about that incomprehensable sacrifice. So, here's my two cents. Thank you, and God bless you, to those who 62 years ago this morning, stood and fought through what is arguably the worst single assault in the history of mankind. What is not arguable is the fact that in doing so, they helped guarantee the freedom and liberty and privilege to live as we see fit without persecution, that we as Americans all enjoy, and sometimes, many times, take for granted....
  • Normandy Honors Memories of D-Day Landings

    06/06/2006 3:42:33 PM PDT · by kellynla · 17 replies · 512+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2006 | FREDERIC VEILLE
    ASNELLES-SUR-MER, France -- American and British veterans marked the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day landings Tuesday with ceremonies and talks to schoolchildren about the invasion that changed the course of World War II. Hundreds of relatives and others joined at least two dozen veterans to remember the June 6, 1944, invasion on Normandy's beaches that helped free France _ and much of Europe _ from Nazi Germany's grip. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge laid a wreath along with the U.S. ambassador to France at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, where thousands of crosses and Stars of David mark soldiers'...
  • Remarks at the U.S. Ranger Monument, Pointe du Hoc, France

    06/06/2006 12:44:13 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 983+ views
    Reagan Foundation ^ | 6-6-1984 | Ronald Reagan
    Remarks at the U.S. Ranger Monument Pointe du Hoc, France June 6, 1984 One of two speeches commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, this speech was delivered at the site of the U.S. Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc, France, where veterans of the Normandy Invasion, and others, had assembled for the ceremony. Later during the day, President Reagan spoke at Omaha Beach, France.1,988 words.We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow....
  • President Reagan Omaha Beach 1984 Speech

    06/06/2006 12:11:48 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 33 replies · 1,138+ views
    06/06/1984 | President Ronald W Reagan
    "We stand today at a place of battle, one that 40 years ago saw and felt the worst of war. Men bled and died here for a few feet of - or inches of sand, as bullets and shellfire cut through their ranks. About them, General Omar Bradley later said, "Every man who set foot on Omaha Beach that day was a hero." Some who survived the battle of June 6, 1944, are here today. Others who hoped to return never did. "Someday, Lis, I'll go back," said Private First Class Peter Robert Zannata, of the 37th Engineer Combat Battalion,...
  • June 6, 1944: General Dwight D. Eisenhower launches Operation Overlord

    06/06/2006 9:22:57 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 12 replies · 1,033+ views
    History Channel ^ | June 6, 2006 | anon
    June 6, 1944: General Dwight D. Eisenhower launches Operation Overlordhttp://www.historychannel.com/tdih/tdih.jsp?category=presidential&month=10272958&day=10272971 http://tinyurl.com/oc2uq On this day in 1944, now known as D-Day, future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, then supreme commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II gives the go-ahead for a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord. Back in America, President Franklin Roosevelt waited for word of the invasions success. By the first week of June 1944, Nazi Germany controlled most of Western Europe. Allied forces, numbering 156,000, were poised to travel by ship or plane over the English Channel to attack the German army dug in at Normandy,...
  • Museum to D-Day fails to mention the war

    01/26/2006 6:44:54 PM PST · by saquin · 32 replies · 1,532+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 1/27/06 | Adam Sage
    THE museum set up by the French authorities to commemorate the D-Day landings is struggling under a mountain of debt amid a sharp decline in the number of visitors. The Memorial Museum in Caen, Normandy, has been accused of mismanagement for turning its back on the Second World War to concentrate on subjects from feminism to Father Christmas. In recent months the museum has focused efforts on transforming itself into a place of reflection on the contemporary world. Its ridiculous, said Claude Qutel, who was sacked as the museums chief historian last year after protesting that it had fallen victim...
  • Brothers in Arms:History Channel

    12/18/2005 5:48:53 PM PST · by FreeRep · 15 replies · 636+ views
    FreeRep
    The History Channel tonight has a two-hour special, creatively titled Brothers in Arms, that will use footage from the game to tell the story of the 101st Airborne, 502nd Parachute Infantry from June 6, 1944, and the D-Day invasion of Normandy through June 13, 1944.