One hundred and fifty THOUSAND , yes 150,000… that is how many allied troops stormed the beaches on June 6th , 1944….70 years ago…. To some that seems like a long time. In the grand scheme of things it wasn’t that long ago in historical terms… However, I can’t imagine being a child in today’s world and being able to fathom the enormity of war on that scale…. I started life at the end of the US involvement in the conflict in Vietnam where we had over 500,000 troops deployed with nearly 60,000 US troops killed in action that is for the entire period of time from when US Ground forces landed at Danang in 1965 until our withdrawal in 1973 …. That is 8 years…. But D-Day (and all of WWII) is a completely different beast!
D-day ONE;1;UN, day in World War II over 150,000 troops changed the course of the war….. of those 150,000 a mind numbing number 9,000 – NINE THOUSAND Allied soldiers were killed, on that single day …. This was the start of the ousting of Nazi Germany’s occupation of western Europe. Ultimately the Allies were successful and in my opinion saved the world. This post, though, isn’t about the entire War or even Operation Overlord, Neptune or Bodyguard… this post is my way of honoring the bravery and sacrifice of those 150,000 allied troops 70 years ago today.
If I could speak to them any of them, I could only express my gratitude, respect and appreciation of the unimaginable sacrifice they made for us.
Hollywood, and a plethora of authors , historians, even video game engineers have tried to show people what it was like ( some accurate, some insulting, some completely disrespectful, some authentic and genuine etc….) but the only people that will ever know, are the troops that were there on that day. The rest of us can only barely begin to imagine the horrors witnessed and committed , the terror, the pain and please forgive the cliché but the blood, sweat and tears, the screams, the explosions, the blood soaked sand and sanguine water…. There are many , too many individual acts of true heroism and sacrifice performed that day many that we will never know…. To each and every US serviceman or woman from all time, but today especially for those who served with the Operations on D-Day , my eternal gratitude!! YOU were part of history that will never be forgotten and are owed a debt that can never be repaid. I hope over the past 70 years you have each found peace and know that I and my family will continue to honor you and all our service men and women always.
Before I close out and post this here’s a news story that some of you readers may not have seen today, it moved me and really gives you some perspective on life, and it also is because I can relate to the things that he says about fear, emotions, and the reasons why he goes and how he feels about what he was doing on that fateful day in history:
Thank you Jim “Pee Wee” Martin!
As always my dear readers: