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  • D-Day, June 6th 1944, Plus 72 Years

    Posted by Trent Telenko on June 6th, 2016 (All posts by )

    To commemorate D-Day, here is a current view of Omaha Beach from Wikipedia —

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omaha_Beach#/media/File:Omaha_Beach_Nowadays.jpg

    And here are a pair of columns I’ve written previously on D-Day in 2014 and 2013.

    This is a review of three very good books on D-Day —

    History Friday — Books to Read for the D-Day 70th Anniversary
    6th June 2014

    And this column is about the sacrifices of British Royal Air Force early warning radar unit, the 1st Echelon of 21 Base Defence Sector, that landed at the Les Moulins Draw, on Omaha Beach, Normandy about 5:30pm on 6 June 1944.

    Royal Air Force at Omaha Beach
    6th June 2013

     

    2 Responses to “D-Day, June 6th 1944, Plus 72 Years”

    1. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      The best Normandy book I’ve read is Stephen Ambrose’ Citizen Soldiers. A similar book was Rick Atkinson’s An Army at Dawn, which followed the North African campaign. That one ended up winning the Pulitzer.

      The 2014 D-Day post had some interesting details. It’s amazing how much ‘winging it’ went on in WWII, and how poorly thought out and tested a lot of the equipment was. I read somewhere that in the mid-30’s the US had the 17th ranked armed forces in the world. It shows in the brave but dismal early performance of the US in WWII.

    2. TangoMan Says:

      and how poorly thought out and tested a lot of the equipment was.

      It took longer to get the ObamaCare website up than it did to fight WWII. That equipment went from design to implementation in record time, so it’s not surprising that there were glitches everywhere. What explains ObamaCare’s website screwiness though?