D Day

OPERATION OVERLORD (THE NORMANDY LANDINGS): D-DAY 6 JUNE 1944 (EA 51048) Troops of the US 7th Corps wading ashore on Utah Beach. Note the identifying bands worn on the left sleeve. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193105

6 comments for “D Day

  1. dearieme
    June 6, 2020 at 12:56

    Utah Beach was a cakewalk. The British and Canadian beaches were more difficult. Omaha beach was worst of all, partly because of better prepared Germans and partly because of incompetence/cowardice by the US Navy and ditto from the US bombers.

    The poor bloody infantry, eh?

    • June 6, 2020 at 13:28

      That goes against everything that I have read on the subject. US destroyers in particular are credited with saving hundreds of lives on that very beach.

      https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/d/destroyers-at-normandy.html

      • Mudplugger
        June 6, 2020 at 14:10

        History is written by the winners – creatively colourful history tends to be written/filmed by the American winners.
        Hyperbole is a favourite weapon of war, afterwards.

      • dearieme
        June 6, 2020 at 14:18

        Then you haven’t read enough. At Omaha the USN launched swimming tanks 5,000 yards offshore. They practically all sank and so the infantry had no tank support.

        On the British/Canadian beaches the RN skippers took their ships into 1,000 yards and so the great bulk of the tanks swam ashore successfully.

        Your source is USN propaganda.

  2. June 6, 2020 at 15:33

    Naturally, I’m not inclined to get into any of that sort of thing. The Russians did their bit and the war would not have been won, the Americans did theirs, though they came in late, the Brits were on their last legs but at least they kept him at bay until the Americans got there. The colonies did their bit.

    As I say, I’m really not inclined to get into that sort of stick, though I’m not one to shy away from a brawl. Just not with my mates.

    • Doonhamer
      June 6, 2020 at 19:08

      Well said. For all sorts of reasons.

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