“You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely….The free men of the world are marching together to victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
~General Dwight D. Eisenhower giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944. — at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.
August 2011 Visit to Normandy FR: visited Normandy in 2011. Prior to visiting I thought I had no interest. I was both fascinated and overwhelmed.
D-Day Deja Vu: Normandy-Era Sites Then and NowPhotos from time of June 1944 invasion are combined with present-day images for startling then-and-now effect
British artists Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley, representing the Sand In Your Eye sand and ice sculpture gallery, created an unforgettable and thought-provoking work, entitled The Fallen 9000, to commemorate International Peace Day (Sept. 21st).
The Scotsman was 19, a member of 13th Battalion the Parachute Regiment, part of the British 6th Airborne Division, and he and his comrades were spearheading the Allied assault on German-occupied Europe. D Day was hardly an hour old when John James McDonald Hutton joined the fight.
After parachuting into Normandy once and getting away with it, one would think Jock Hutton had had enough of such an experience.
But today he is back, jumping again on to that same field near Ranville, together with hundreds of British, Canadian and American paratroopers re-enacting that fateful operation.