Normandy landings

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  1. r33per

    r33per SS.org Regular

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    They'll never read this, but to the men who did what they did on those French beaches 75 years ago today: many thanks.

    I had three uncles on Gold beach, only knew two of them. Some of the stories makes you weep.
     
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    The bravest of the brave! They could have ran coward and never be heard or seen of again but they didnt.
     
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    Yeah, it's insane what these guys did, storming a beach just to get a toehold to move inland, knowing they were landing in front of fortified machine gun positions and that most of them were facing certain death.
     
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    Well, not exactly. During WW2, the UK could legally call up conscripts of almost any working-age men (under age 41 I believe), with some exemptions for priests, people in specialist jobs which were beneficial to the country etc. Those who refused were jailed. (Better than in WW1 where you would just be shot for refusing or running away)

    That said, still requires absolute balls of steel.

    Total insanity. 10,000 casualties in the first single day. And they had done lots of training, preparation, manufactured special landing boats and tanks - so they knew exactly what they were heading into.

    By August, more than 2 million allies had landed in France, and more than 250,000 casualties. Mind-boggling really.
     
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    So, a side of your family is German ?
     
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    More likely, one didn't come back.
     
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    Yes, actually. My mum's brother married a German girl after the war. Her family was from ex-Prussia and were scattered after Hitler annexed the region before the war. They did not fully reunite until the 1970s.

    Other than that, no. I'm British with a family history that we've traced back to the 1700s on both Scottish and English sides. The third uncle I never knew died before I was born. He didn't treat my aunt very well, a result of an alcohol addiction that (in hindsight) may have been caused by PTSD.

    Freedom always costs, I guess - and perhaps some pay its price long after the rest of us enjoy its benefits.
     
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    MOD EDIT: Let's keep politics out of this thread. :yesway:
     
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    Just to clarify, I just thought it was funny how you didn't specify on which side of the fence your uncle were and it could easily sound like you were glorifying the German army.
    Then again, probably a big chunk of those guys thought they were doing the right thing or simply didn't have a choice. Yay, war !!
     
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    Ah! No worries

    And agreed. Many of them were just boys, really - what option was there when your country came calling? Furthermore, i do believe acts of bravery and heroism are not the purview of the victor: those facing defeat are given to extraordinary feats of courage in equal measure.
     
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