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Author:  Pokecheque [ Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:34 pm ]
Post subject:  D-Day, 75 Years Later

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/wor ... 365312001/

Amazing that we're now at the three-quarter century mark now of this momentous occasion.

Years ago I made a very, very ignorant comment about this particular moment in history, I've felt bad about it ever since. I still like to read about it from time to time and really get the gist of what a monumental undertaking it was by the Allies. Still to this day the largest amphibious assault in history. Over 10,000 casualties, nearly 5,000 confirmed dead.

I actually didn't even know until today exactly why Gold, Sword, and Juno were named as such. Turns out the UK/Commonwealth areas of attack were named after fish: Goldfish, Swordfish, and Jellyfish. But Winston Churchill felt "Jelly Beach" sounded inappropriate so they changed it to Juno. I still have no idea why the Americans named their beaches Omaha and Utah.

Anyway, this was a very big deal. Remember those who fell in a (thankfully successful) attempt to save the entire world.

Author:  RW [ Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: D-Day, 75 Years Later

Pokecheque wrote:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/06/06/d-day-photos-normandy-mark-75th-anniversary-d-day-invasion/1365312001/

Amazing that we're now at the three-quarter century mark now of this momentous occasion.

Years ago I made a very, very ignorant comment about this particular moment in history, I've felt bad about it ever since. I still like to read about it from time to time and really get the gist of what a monumental undertaking it was by the Allies. Still to this day the largest amphibious assault in history. Over 10,000 casualties, nearly 5,000 confirmed dead.

I actually didn't even know until today exactly why Gold, Sword, and Juno were named as such. Turns out the UK/Commonwealth areas of attack were named after fish: Goldfish, Swordfish, and Jellyfish. But Winston Churchill felt "Jelly Beach" sounded inappropriate so they changed it to Juno. I still have no idea why the Americans named their beaches Omaha and Utah.

Anyway, this was a very big deal. Remember those who fell in a (thankfully successful) attempt to save the entire world.


Well said. The veterans of that day are not going to be with us much longer. Everyone of them is at least 90 years old now. I used to know a few of them but they all have passed on.

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