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June 6 1944

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NORMANDY

,The Allied invasion of Europe has started

 

Thank you ALL for providing our freedom at such a high cost in blood.
 

RIP for those that have taken the ultimate sacrifice.

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Lest we forget.

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I had an uncle involved in that little excursion.

 

Lost another at Okinawa and my father worked for MacArthur for a while there too!

 

A debt that can never be fully repaid!!

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My dad was there. Jumped at 4am at an altitude of 600' behind enemy lines. Went on with the rest to "Take The Bridge", as he called it. Dad passed in 85.

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Seventy three years ago today brave young men stormed the beaches of Normandy. They waded ashore into vicious artillery and machine gun fire with hundreds dying on that beach. They covered themselves in glory,
Today far to many cowards are busy marching in protest and whining about a little smoke.
No wonder our fathers and grandfathers are called the greatest generation. 
May they rest in honored peace.

Thanks Dad 

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· June 6, 2019 · 
 
 
 

#OnThisDay: The first wave of #BigRedOne and 29th Infantry Division Soldiers hit ground at 6:36 a.m. The 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, Iron Rangers among the first to assault. When the landing crafts were 400 yards from the shore, German shells began exploding all around them.

The first wave suffered heavy causalities, and by mid-morning more than 1000 Americans lay dead or wounded on the sands of Omaha. Despite slow progress, by 1 p.m. the 1st Infantry Division had secured a 1.5 mile foothold. #DDay75 #DutyFirst

 

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Then and Now photos.  First link they change back and forth about every 5 seconds.

https://apimagesblog.com/blog/2019/5/22/d-day-now-and-then

This one there is a bar in the photo you can move left and right to see the difference.
https://nypost.com/2019/06/06/dramatic-photos-show-scenes-from-d-day-then-and-now/

Next two don't really do the comparison but have good photos.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2019/05/30/photos-take-look-day-then-and-now/Dt8w4btRZaOOlyMz25VDgL/story.html

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2014/06/scenes-from-d-day-then-and-now/100752/

 

 

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#Aujourd’hui en 1944, 73000 soldats américains débarquaient sur les plages de #Normandie. 6603 furent tués lors du #débarquement / #Today in 1944, 73,000 American forces landed in Normandy on #DDay. 6,603 died

 

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Every day that we have had to face COVID-19 and how we are reacting,   I think of the courage it took to overcome your fears to jump into the water and wade to the beach on D-Day.  

 

Dad was in an engineering battalion that landed in Cherbourg France D+3 to rebuild the docks.  He served past VE day.

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:FlagAm: Eternal thanks for the men who took part in this! Truly a historic day!

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48 minutes ago, Four-Eyed Buck,SASS #14795 said:

:FlagAm: The world will never see their like again:FlagAm:

What we see today are rioters and looters whining about a little smoke 

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44 minutes ago, Henry T Harrison said:

What we see today are rioters and looters whining about a little smoke 

And whiners who can’t bear the lack of paper towels at the store and closed movie theaters. One wonders how they would have done under gas rationing, no new cars, and Meatless Tuesdays.

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Read this today about the battle ship HMS Warspite. She opened fire on Sword beach 0500 6 June. On 7 June, having fired her 300 15” shells, she returned to Portsmouth to rearm, returned to support Utah Beach and Gold Beach, Again expended her shells, returned to Portsmouth but her guns were shot out and needed to be replaced.  All the time she was running with battle damage and was basically a gun platform.

 

 

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At Rosyth Warspite's 6-inch guns were removed and plated in, and a concrete caisson covered the hole left by the German missile. One of her boiler rooms and the X turret could not be repaired, remaining out of action for the remainder of her career.[102] She left Greenock on 2 June 1944 with six 15-inch guns, eight 4-inch anti-aircraft guns and forty pom poms, joining Bombardment Force D of the Eastern Task Force of the Normandy invasion fleet off Plymouth two days later.[86]

At 0500 on 6 June 1944 Warspite was the first ship to open fire,[103]bombarding the German battery at Villerville from a position 26,000 yards offshore, to support landings by the British 3rd Division on Sword Beach.[86]She continued bombardment duties on 7 June, but after firing over 300 shells she had to rearm and crossed the Channel to Portsmouth. She returned to Normandy on 9 June to support American forces at Utah Beach and then, on 11 June, she took up position off Gold Beach to support the British 69th Infantry Brigade near Cristot.[86] On 12 June she returned to Portsmouth to rearm, but her guns were worn out so she was ordered to sail to Rosyth via the Straits of Dover, the first British battleship to have done so since the war began.[103] She evaded German coastal batteries, partly due to effective radar jamming, but hit a mine 28 miles off Harwich early on 13 June.[86] Repairs to her propeller shafts and the replacement of the guns took until early August; she sailed to Scapa Flow to calibrate the new barrels with only three functional shafts, limiting her top speed to 15 knots,[86] although by now the Admiralty considered her main role was that of a bombardment vessel.

Warspite arrived off Ushant on 25 August 1944 and attacked the coastal batteries at Le Conquet and Pointe Saint-Mathieu during the Battle for Brest.[86] The U.S. VIII Corps eventually captured "Festung Brest" on 19 September, but by then Warspite had moved on to the next port. In company with the monitor Erebus she carried out a preparatory bombardment of targets around Le Havre prior to Operation Astonia on 10 September,[104]leading to the capture of the town two days later. Her final task was to support an Anglo-Canadian operation to open up the port of Antwerp, which had been captured in September, by clearing the Scheldt Estuary of German strongholds and gun emplacements. With the monitors Erebus and Roberts she bombarded targets on Walcheren Island on 1 November 1944, returning to Deal the next day, having fired her guns for the last time.[104]

 

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The Admiralty got their moneys worth out of her.  Sure hope her crew were recognized for keeping her in the fight.

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