70th Anniversary


D-Day Invasion, Normandy. I didn’t fully understand the geographical obstacles until I saw the Normandy coast. First they had to swim — carrying heavy packs. Then they had to cross the mine-filled beach under heavy fire. Then there were the cliffs to scale to penetrate the German “Atlantic Wall” fortifications.

Some of the things an average soldier carried in his pack.

Some of the things an average soldier carried in his pack.

Musée Memorial, Caen France,

Musée Memorial, Caen France,

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach

D Day Musuem, Arromanches, France,

D Day Musuem, Arromanches, France,

Memorial, Omaha Beach, Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy,

Memorial, Omaha Beach, Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy,

Memorial on Omaha Beach.  Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy.

Memorial on Omaha Beach. Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy

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2 responses to “70th Anniversary

  1. There was a NOVA special on D-Day a week or so ago that gave a lot of details about D-Day and talked to some of the men who were there. It was very emotional to watch. It was an incredible historic day.

    • I saw it. Very interesting. It only covered the landing on Omaha Beach (where there was the greatest number of casualties, I think). I was stunned by how wide that beach was (and we weren’t there at low tide) but more so by how sheer the cliff were at the other beaches. Amazing that we even thought to attempt it. And, as that NOVA special pointed out, how much equipment was moved in within a few days by the building of an artificial harbor. One of the things that I remember from our tour is that the Allies assumed that the Germans would think we would be attacking at Cherbourg because there was already a harbor there and that the areas where we attacked were so difficult to invade. Yet, as I learned from the NOVA special, Rommel was not about to leave that area undefended on the assumption that the Allies wouldn’t attack there.