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6 June D-day and the Normandy landings

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MawBe Sun 06-Jun-21 08:43:36

In the early hours of a very different day 77 years ago something very special began. We cannot put ourselves in the heads of those young men, some little more than boys, but we owe them an infinite debt. I don’t think we can even imagine what sort of world we would have been living in today -if at all- without their bravery and sacrifice. They did indeed “put it to the touch, to win - or lose it all”
He either fears his fate too much, or his deserts are small
Who dare not put it to the touch to win - or lose it all

Welshwife Sun 06-Jun-21 17:17:26

The French have services around their memorials in the smallest of villages here on May 8th as well as June and November.
This morning we went to collect a take away from a local restaurant and saw a man we have seen several times at the same spot. He started talking about the landings and how many soldiers and countries were involved. They have forgotten nothing.
Not far from Calais there is a town called St Omer and nearby is where Hitler built his bunkers to fire the V2 rockets over London. Luckily he was not too successful as British reconnaissance showed something was going on and although not sure exactly what the RAF sent bombers in and kept destroying everything. That part of the coast received really awful treatment because they were the closest part of France to Britain and the fear was that they were sending messages etc,
The place is now a museum and very interesting but we could not stay for the end of the films as it was so upsetting.
And of course if you are near Limoges,- Oradour sur Glan is a real eye opener at what man can do to man.

MawBe Sun 06-Jun-21 17:27:22

The pic on my OP is the Commando Memorial
This is one of the family at what the DDs always referred to as “Grandpa’s” Street - (he has a Rue, a Place and an Avenue named after him)

Fennel Sun 06-Jun-21 17:29:10

Thanks from me too MawBe - I had missed the fact that it's June 6 today.
I was 10 at the time but don't think I was aware of how crucial it was, but I expect my family did. UK was really vulnerable and it all depended on our brave forces, . And the Americans who came when we stood alone.
France etc were already flattened .
My Dad was in one of the RN off shore communication vessels - only found out recently.

Jabberwok Sun 06-Jun-21 17:38:35

O.M.Goodness Welshwife , we visited Oradour sur Glan about 10 years ago and it's impossible to describe the appalling atrocity that occurred at that place without being reduced to tears. Impossible to comprehend the cruelty meeted out to those poor people on that dreadful day. Everything left as it had been as a memorial, bicycle, dolls pram, shoes, a car ,and bullet holes in the church wall and blackened beams and pews where the fire took. Just awful, once seen never forgotten.

Fennel Sun 06-Jun-21 22:24:16

I've just read on a WW2 forum that my Dad's ship was bombed the following day with many lives lost. he never told us.
So many of us personally affected,

Yammy Thu 10-Jun-21 17:55:45

So glad they finally built the memorial, my dad was there maintaining anti-aircraft guns on a large landing craft that ferried Canadian boys to the beaches.
He luckily came home and never really talked about it.
At last, a memorial to what was in many cases School boys far away from their own homes.

Talullah Thu 10-Jun-21 17:59:11

My father was active during WWII. He married my Mum on June 6th a few years later. It was a day he'd never forget.