June 6, 1944

Discussion in 'WW2 General' started by michaelmaltby, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. michaelmaltby

    michaelmaltby Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    3,886
    Likes Received:
    584
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Toronto
    Today, Canadians proudly remember the events on Juno Beach, France, 67 years ago. By days end, Canadians were 'on objectives', despite comparable casualties.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMQNDMjB2DE

    Bitter sweet tribute, this.

    Proud Canadian

    MM
     
  2. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,767
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    To all the allies that landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944...

    :salute:
     
  3. buffnut453

    buffnut453 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,174
    Likes Received:
    227
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Virginia, US of A
    #3 buffnut453, Jun 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011
    Particularly thinking today of my cousin, Frank Lee, who went ashore with the King's Regt on Sword Beach as one of the Beach Parties tasked with securing the beach and preventing German counter-attacks. Once that task was completed, he was reassigned to the Welch Regt as they pushed through France and Belgium. He was captured during fighting at s'Hertogenbosch in Oct 44. The following April, our family received a telegram to say that Frank had arrived back in the UK. A few hours later, we received a second telegram to say that he had died - his Army record indicates he died at a US military hospital near Oxford of extreme malnutrition. Frank is buried in his home town.

    Frank, you died in England but you gave your all in the liberation of Europe. I'm sorry I never knew you - you died more than 20 years before I was born - but I'm thinking of you today!
     
  4. michaelmaltby

    michaelmaltby Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    3,886
    Likes Received:
    584
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Toronto
    Agreed, Crew Chief. Bittersweet story, buffnut. But what a Day. What an accomplishment.

    MM
     
  5. buffnut453

    buffnut453 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,174
    Likes Received:
    227
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Virginia, US of A
    The most frustrating part is that we don't know where Frank was held as a PoW and his repatriation date of 11 Apr 45 is rather early. I wonder if he was one of the poor sods who ended up at Stalag XI-B at Fallingbostel but was too sick to join the forced march from there towards Lubeck.
     
  6. rochie

    rochie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Messages:
    14,631
    Likes Received:
    421
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Head chef
    Location:
    billingham nr middlesbrough uk
    to all involved on that day
     

    Attached Files:

  7. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,767
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    My American Grandfather landed on Omaha Beach on June 6th. Funny how my German Grandfather was on the other side, but he served on the Eastern Front.

    I was in Normandy for the 50th Anniversary back in 1994 and I will be back in Normandy next month for a week. Can't wait.
     
  8. Erich

    Erich the old Sage
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 20, 2004
    Messages:
    13,090
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Platonic Sphere
    Amen guys ! had a uncle that came on shore with his mobile artillery unit........

    let us not forget the MTO and the capture of Rome which is always overlooked in the light of the northern landings.

    E ~
     
  9. v2

    v2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2005
    Messages:
    5,940
    Likes Received:
    624
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cracow
  10. mudpuppy

    mudpuppy Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    646
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Appalachian Foothills in Virginia
  11. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41,730
    Likes Received:
    517
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Doctor
    Location:
    Portsmouth / Royal Deeside, UK
    Home Page:
    To all involved :salute:
     
  12. ToughOmbre

    ToughOmbre Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Messages:
    4,182
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Retired from Verizon Communications - Now Working for Point Lobster Company, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ
    Location:
    Jersey Shore, USA
    June 6, 1944 is a big day in my family. My father came ashore in the 2nd wave on Utah Beach. His first day of combat was a doozy!

    TO
     
  13. imalko

    imalko Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Messages:
    3,669
    Likes Received:
    92
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Vojvodina, Serbia
  14. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,647
    Likes Received:
    1,416
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    . . . - . . . - All those who were around in Europe at the time, and could listen to the BBC on the radio, will recognise that signal. To all those who took part, the greatest respect and honour.
     
  15. RabidAlien

    RabidAlien Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    6,592
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    Hurst, Texas
    Can't believe nobody's mentioned it (or I just missed it), but today is the 67th anniversary of the landings on the beaches of Normandy. :salute: to all the brave men and women who made that undertaking possible, to those who went through hell on the beaches and cliffs, and to those who gave their all to set a continent free. :salute:
     
  16. Pong

    Pong Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2007
    Messages:
    1,333
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Manila, Philippines
    I was going to make a thread about this, but you beat me to the punch.

    :salute: to all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during this historic undertaking.

    [​IMG]

    And thanks to Bob Sargent for taking this amazing photograph. :salute: :salute:
     
  17. Ferdinand Foch

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2008
    Messages:
    816
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    College Student, sometimes a stock clerk
    Location:
    Stafford Springs, Connecticut
    #17 Ferdinand Foch, Jun 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011
    I put this up on facebook. Hehe hope that counts. But on a serious note. Thanks you for those who served on this day. You made the world a safer place from tyranny. :salute:
    [​IMG]
     
  18. acerus

    acerus Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    Flensburg, GER
  19. parsifal

    parsifal Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2008
    Messages:
    10,676
    Likes Received:
    676
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Urban Design/Strategic Studies Tutor
    Location:
    Orange NSW
    Watching that vision puts a lump in my throat I can tell you. Ordinary guys doing extraordinary things. I think of my own inadequacies watching those guys under fire. Some made the supreme sacrifice, and yet they came through and delivered freedom to the world, in good humour, at a cost acceptable to humanity.

    There is no greater sacrifice, no nobler task :salute:
     
Loading...

Share This Page