Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by the Allies during World War II.

It has been immortalized in American history through film (The Longest Day, Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan).  As Bryan notes, so many things could have gone wrong that it’s amazing that it was a success.

As I noted on Memorial Day, my great-uncle Cary G. Dunn served in the Army in the war and came ashore on that day.  Thousands of soldiers and civilians were killed or injured during the invasion, but it was the beginning of the push to end the war in Europe.  Paris would be liberated in August 1944, and the war would end eleven months later with the surrender of Germany.

3 barks and woofs on “D-Day

  1. My late ex father-in-law fought in Patton’s 3rd Army. He told me one time, “While the German Army was learning how to retreat, we spent three days in the basement of a French farmhouse drinking cognac. That’s how far ahead of the German Army we were!”

  2. I think the death of the last original Navaho code talker on the anniversary of D-Day is symbolic. The end of the war began on this day when you think about it. Not that it was the war to end all wars as W demonstrated, but we dreamt. We were all heroes then.

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