june 6, 1944.

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Omaha. Utah. Juno. Sword. Gold.

American and British soil, all of them—paid for in full on June 6, 1944.

11 thoughts on “june 6, 1944.

  1. Matt says:

    And that was only the beginning of the end for the Third Reich. By air and sea, the soldiers of Canada, Britain and the US gave their all to crack open Hitler’s Fortress Europe. The Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoce, the 82nd and 101st Airborne at St-Mere-Eglise, the 1st and 29th Infantry at Omaha beach, are all names that will live on in history, names forged by ordinary men showing extraordinary courage.

    Here in NZ, we remember Anzac day, the day of the abortive and bloody Gallipoli landings. We remember the courage and tenacity of those young men, and the sacrifices that they made for King and Country. And that make it all the more bittersweet, because that amphibious assault was a bloody fiasco of a military operation, all those lives thrown away for little gain.

    At least D-Day had a successful result. *wry grin*

  2. beautiful and simple truth, mw…

    made all the more meaningful coming from the heart, mind, and pen of a German by birth and full-blooded American by choice. thank you.

    meanwhile, a couple of entrepreneurs made fabulously wealthy by the freedom and opportunity bought with the blood of those boys 65 years ago decide to honor another anniversary; the 25th of the game of tetris.

    as i said on my blog today, the gaggle at google are awesomely brilliant and totally clueless.

    jtc

  3. MarkHB says:

    I wish I could thank them for everything we have today. I’ll have to settle for using my liberty as well as I can.

  4. Trebor says:

    Marko, this is a legit question and not a troll.

    In Germany, growing up, how is D-Day, or the war in general, talked about?

    I’m not talking Holocaust denial or anything like that. I just mean, how is it discussed in school, do you have a Memorial Day, is the end of the war commemerated, etc?

    Just curious.

  5. T.Stahl says:

    From my experience few Germans even know when their country was founded, not to mention the date WW2 started or ended in Europe.
    In school, WW2 is discussed – if you have a good history teacher. My brother didn’t, he never heard ANYTHING about WW2 in school!

  6. t.stahl, i find what you said to be almost impossible to believe considering…hell, considering everything.

    i too would be interested in marko’s experience and views.

    jtc

    • T.Stahl says:

      I still remember the day – now 20 years ago – when the minister of education visited our school and annouced he’d promote history in upper school (grade 11-13). It was subsequently cut from three to two hours per week.

      What I learned about relevant history, especially 20th century, I didn’t learn at school, I had to teach myself. At school I learned zilch about what happened in the Middle East, Korea, Vietnam,…, you name it. But I was taught about the Schmalkaldic War, diverse Peasant revolts, the Thirty Years’ War,…

      To quote R.A. Heinlein:
      “The three-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with these three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another ignorant peasant with dung on your boots.”

      And at the same time the same Germans laugh about Americans, who they think can’t find America on a globe, while they are not a tad better.

  7. staghounds says:

    Andy Rooney was right, everyone forgets these menfrom little towns in a far land, sleeping by little towns in a far land.

  8. Marko says:

    I’ve read the questions about Germany’s handling of WWII in history class, but I don’t want to squeeze the reply into a comment, so I’ll make it a separate blog post soon.

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