|D-Day 2013: 9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day September 25, 2013. Obama closed the Memorials to WWII as part of the government shutdown, but the French in Normandy can still paid tribute to those who gave their lives for Freedom. British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand.
Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civilians, Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6, 1944 during WWII. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.
June 6, 2013, the 69th anniversary of “D-Day,” the largest invasion ever attempted, where 200,000 Americans (Note: Anti-American leftist loons quibble: “Allied troops under the command of American General Eisenhower as Supreme Commander”) stormed the beaches at Normandy to begin the final push to defeat Nazi Germany in WWII. D-Day marked the turning point in WWII in Europe, where the Nazis were engaged in mass murder of Jews and minorities by the thousands.
Today, European heads of state make it a point to recall and honor the sacrifices of those who landed in Normandy, as do our Presidents…. well, most of them….
The occasions I speak of were:
1. Barack Obama, 2010
2. Barack Obama, 2011
3. Barack Obama, 2012
4. Barack Obama, 2013
For the past 69 years, every American President except Obama has taken the time to honor the memory and sacrifices of the 6,000 American soldiers killed on D-Day. Except Obama.
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A Fascinating Nugget of History
The radical left likes to denigrate the importance of D-Day. What if it had not happened when it did? Now that I write Thriller novels, I think a lot about “what ifs.”
I stumbled across interesting history that indicates that we just might have lost the war, or to not have achieved unconditional surrender, or at least had to use nukes to vanquish Nazi Germany had not D-Day been successful when it was.
Today we talk about “cruise missiles” and their devastating effects. The first successful cruise missile was the German V-1. The RAF, in Britain’s finest hour, prevented the Nazi war machine from bombing England into rubble, but Germany produced almost 30,000 V-1 rockets, thousands of which were used in combat with brutal effectiveness. The air defenses of that era could not cope with rocket attacks.
The V-1 had a short range, but Germany built 96 launch sites in France in range of London. The first V-1 attack was launched one week after D-Day, on June 13, 1944. Attacks continued until all the sites were overrun by advancing Allied armies. England was hit with 8,025 V-1s in a single nine-week period, with over one million houses and buildings destroyed. Antwerp was hammered by 2,500 V-1 attacks.
In March of 1945 the last of the V-1 sites were finally overrun. Germany surrendered just 5 1/2 weeks later. Source: Backstory in a novel, Sword of Shiva.
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