American Elephants

Do Little Boys Play Army Anymore? by The Elephant's Child

Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944. Here are 42 pictures from D-Day, many that I have never seen before, that were published on on June 7, 2010. The unavoidable and inevitable invasion of fortress Europe was successful at enormous cost. It was 68 years ago, and far beyond the memory of most people alive today, and it slips further and further into a dusty category of remote stories. We concentrate our memories on just one of the invasion beaches — bloody Omaha, but it was not the only one.

It was an enormous undertaking, and there was no guarantee of success. Some of these pictures are familiar, many are not.  Give a thought to those desperate days, and be sure that you and your children and grandchildren know what happened. It changed the world and is still changing it today, or did you think the crisis in Europe is unrelated to history?

(pics via @marychastain)

A Little History: June 6,1944 —The Longest Day. by The Elephant's Child
June 6, 2011, 6:14 am
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, Military | Tags: , , , ,

“Believe me, Lang, the first twenty-four hours of the invasion will be decisive…the fate of Germany depends on the outcome…for the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be the longest day.”
—Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
to his aide, April 22, 1944

“The most difficult and complicated operation ever to take place.”
—Winston Churchill

“The history  of war does not know of an undertaking comparable to it for breadth of conception, grandeur of scale, and mastery of execution.”
Joseph Stalin

“Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Order of the Day, June 4, 1944

“The destruction of the enemy’s landing is the sole decisive factor in the whole conduct of the war and hence in its final results.”
Adolf Hitler

“In this column I want to tell you what the opening of the second front entailed, so that you can know and appreciate and forever be humbly grateful to those both dead and alive who did it for you.”
Ernie Pyle, June 12, 1944

Victory Parade, 82nd Airborne, New York City.  January, 1946

It was all sixty-five years ago today.  Ancient history to many, but a day never to be forgotten, and remembered with gratitude.

Sharp eyes will notice that at the time the German film was made, they weren’t too sure just where the Allies had landed. They still hadn’t given up on the idea of Calais. They used a lot of stock footage to make it seem as if they really were in control of things.


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