|Commander K. at Churchill War Rooms, London|
Sixty-nine years ago today the Allies stormed ashore in the D-day landings on the Normandy coast of France. The Americans landed on Utah and "bloody" Omaha beaches. The British arrived on Sword and Gold beaches. The Canadians landed on Juno beach. The Rangers scaled up the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc and disabled the German guns which threatened the landings. The American Airborne divisions (82nd and 101st) had landed the previous evening around midnight near St. Mere Eglise, while the British Paras secured Pegasus bridge.
The liberation of France began, not on June 6, 1944, but, in fact, in September of 1943 with the liberation of Corsica (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/corsica-in-world-war-ii.html).
Allied planes were painted with black and white "D-day stripes" to avoid friendly fire errors that had plagued the invasion of Sicily in 1943 (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/a-hard-lesson-from-world-war-ii-and-d.html).
James Doohan, who later became "Scottie" on the original TV series Star Trek, landed that day with the Canadian troops on Juno beach. He was shot six times by friendly fire that evening, but survived (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/james-doohan-and-d-day.html).
Billie Harris, piloting a P-51 Mustang, crashed and was killed in France leaving behind the last D-day widow on this day (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/last-d-day-widow.html).
The D-day spies managed to utterly fool the Germans into believing that the landings would take place at the Pas de Calais and not Normandy (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/double-cross-d-day-spies.html).
|Commander K. with B-17, Duxford|
|Dame Vera Lynn, born 1917|
The month of June with its graduations, farewells, sunny days and D-day commemorations is the perfect time to enjoy Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again.
Cheers from London!
Special thanks to David Michaelson for photographic assistance.
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