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The D Day Landings 75th Anniversary.

I can't believe there hasn't been a thread for this.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:57 PM
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Currently out in Normandy for the celebrations, arrived yesterday staying until Monday. 3rd time here dad came ashore at Ouisterham. By far the most manic of the 3 visits in terms of crowds, traffic and shut roads all day due to presidential and royalty visits
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Currently out in Normandy for the celebrations, arrived yesterday staying until Monday. 3rd time here dad came ashore at Ouisterham. By far the most manic of the 3 visits in terms of crowds, traffic and shut roads all day due to presidential and royalty visits
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I had an uncle who was in the Polish Army in the Battle that closed the Falaise Gap.
Other two uncles fought at Monte Casino
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:28 PM
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I had an uncle who was in the Polish Army in the Battle that closed the Falaise Gap.
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Your uncles were brilliant!
My Grandad fought behind enemy lines in Africa.
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Was at Omaha Beach a few years back standing in the German positions overlooking the beach. No wonder it was such a slaughter
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Great respect and amazement of the courage and fortitude of those that hit the beaches. Not sure I'd have the courage to do it.

Also (because my Dad wasn't allowed to join up and the civilians don't get much recognition) a big thank you to the miners, ship builders, plane and armaments workers and all the other civilian workers, on both sides of the Atlantic, who made D-Day possible.
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Amazing bravery and ridiculous loss of life. RIP

My only question about the whole operation is why we didn't have battleships blasting the crap out of the German defences just beforehand
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Amazing bravery and ridiculous loss of life. RIP

My only question about the whole operation is why we didn't have battleships blasting the crap out of the German defences just beforehand
We did. Lot of the shells overshot the defences
People say the issue about Omaha were the floating Tanks not being used properly.
They were launched too far away from the beach and sank in high waves
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Anyone who slags off Americans should shut up.
The USA and her people were amazing and continue to be so. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The British people are also amazing.
Unfortunately the political elites only want to screw the people for their own personal gain. If only they could try to honour the sacrifice laid before them ....
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I had an uncle who was in the Polish Army in the Battle that closed the Falaise Gap.
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I followed it all yesterday. Many of my Father's side were involved being in the Navy based out of Portsmouth.

My Dad spent the the war in Palestine, Tobruk, Yemen and Egypt. He was serving in Bermuda before the war started and went straight from there in 1939 to the Middle East. 10 years away from home that must have been tough.

Thought yesterday's event was very well presented. Very emotional at times. Watched it mostly on Euronews that had no commentary. I didn't need the other channels giving me their biased opinions on what was going on.

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Ridiculous loss of life.? Though any loss is sad, predictions were for four times those conceded.

There were battleships, USS Arkansas, Texas, Nevada and HMS Warspite, Rodney and Renown.

The Germans were in very well built concrete bunkers which were able to withstand heavy bombardment by both sea based guns and aerial bombardment.
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I have spent many a holiday in Normandy. Despite the awful loss of life amongst the Norman's during the invasion, there is nothing but respect from Norman's for the allies and they love people from the invading nations.

Their respect for the Queen is huge as we witnessed for the 60th commemorations.

A truly wonderful bunch of people.
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My friend's son has been walking 10,249 steps each day for 5 days (he started on the 23rd March) for the SSAFA charity. The 10,249 steps he's walked walk each day represent the allied casualties from the first day of the landings.

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Great respect and amazement of the courage and fortitude of those that hit the beaches. Not sure I'd have the courage to do it.

Also (because my Dad wasn't allowed to join up and the civilians don't get much recognition) a big thank you to the miners, ship builders, plane and armaments workers and all the other civilian workers, on both sides of the Atlantic, who made D-Day possible.
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I honestly don't think enough gratitude can be given to those who fought for us and lost their lives so that you and I can spout nonsense on a message board.
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