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Wednesday, 05 June 2019


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Yes indeed DD

About six months ago, I bought a home in a retirement community and we have moved into this place over the last few months. Whew! Never again. We still have our old home yet to sell.

My next door neighbor is 95 years old and was a sailor on a ship that opened up bombardment of German positions that day. Somehow his ship got a bit too close to the shore and was struck in the rear quarter and had to limp back to England for repairs. This took a while and when they put out to sea again, they went to the Pacific and got hit by a Jap suicide plane. The aircraft didn't completely blow up so the the dazed pilot turned out to be able to use a side arm a few feet from the corner my neighbor was tucked behind. He was hit with one round before the pilot was dispatched.

Another veteran, 96 years old, lives on the street behind me. He landed on D-Day. Got got scared, wet and scared some more but made it. His Army assignment was the 30th Infantry Division (Old Hickory Division), because most were from Tennessee and North Carolina, made it fairly well intact, into the continent...through Belgium and the freezing cold and eventually into Germany. The man got nary a scratch until about 20 miles into Germany and then he was hit but not bad enough to be shipped out.

Each of these men talk freely about those years but only in the last few years.

What I don't understand is why those guys didn't insist on the Army's providing them OSHA compliant "safe spaces."

'Whiters', please pass on the best wishes and gratitude of one old Brit!

David, done!

The planning and co-ordination of that operation is mind blowing. Just the marine side of the operation consisted of 6,939 vessels: 1,213 naval combat ships, 4,126 landing ships and landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels.

Managing that many ships of different sizes and operational capabilities was an event we are unlikely to see again.

Sod I think it was hot steel actually in the second world war.

You're thinking of Henry V perhaps, another fine Englishman with sound ideas about how to deal with Furriners.

I have deleted SoD's last comment on the grounds that it was a personal insult too far!

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