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Today is the 66th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. This is one of those undertakings that I have a hard time comprehending, no matter how often it is depicted in books, movies, and video games. The scope of the operation and the courage of the participants are just too overwhelming to completely wrap my mind around.

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19. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2010, 09:41 InBlack
 
D-day and the whole invasion of Europe is probably the greatest american achievement ever. As a non-american and (relatively) educated European I have to tell you guys how much that is still appreciated in Europe, especially in countries like France, Germany or the countries of former Yugoslavia where the front and buffer that the americans created not only helped get rid of Hitler but helped prevent Stalins ambitions in Europe.


Whatever the reasons altruistic or not...Thank you.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2010, 04:59 ForgedReality
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2010, 03:13 LittleMe
 
You can sum up WW2, including D-Day, in the following...

"If the history of humanity were the clinical case history of a single human being, the diagnosis would have to be: chronic paranoid delusions, a pathological propensity to commit murder, and acts of extreme violence and cruelty."

And you can be brave while doing it all. Bravery, or stupidity, or rather, intelligence in the service of madness.


 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2010, 00:06 Hoop
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 23:48:
I recall walking out of Saving Private Ryan just numb. I was blown away by that film. And then the fact, it was just a film. It's a wonder any of those guys could walk on to that beach with the size of their balls. I mean war is hell and crazy and all but that was literally some insane hell on earth as it unfolded. all those guys crawling/running up that beach must have just been thinking 'This is pure insanity.'.

And as much as the working grunts like to dehumanize the generals and such, I can't imagine for a second that for all the men who died that day didn't really impact guys like Monty and the rest in way they'd never, ever forget. That must have been brutal living with that. I know I'd never have a decent night's sleep again after something like that. I know it was said Patton took that sort of thing extremely personally.

From my understanding not only was d-day celebrated for the fact that they established a beachhead but also for the fact that so few were lost. I believe the failure of the floating tanks at Omaha sealed the fate of the soldiers on the beach & casualties would have been halved had that experiment worked.
The real obstacle was one more unexpected, the bocage or hedgerow country just inland. Held them up for a long time taking many mens lives.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 23:48 Cutter
 
I recall walking out of Saving Private Ryan just numb. I was blown away by that film. And then the fact, it was just a film. It's a wonder any of those guys could walk on to that beach with the size of their balls. I mean war is hell and crazy and all but that was literally some insane hell on earth as it unfolded. all those guys crawling/running up that beach must have just been thinking 'This is pure insanity.'.

And as much as the working grunts like to dehumanize the generals and such, I can't imagine for a second that for all the men who died that day didn't really impact guys like Monty and the rest in way they'd never, ever forget. That must have been brutal living with that. I know I'd never have a decent night's sleep again after something like that. I know it was said Patton took that sort of thing extremely personally.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 22:18 Kxmode
 
Hoop wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 21:41:
Today?
Drones commanded half a world away surgicaly removing a target half way home from a night out.


Tomorrow?

Human controlled Avatars fighting alien invaders!
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 21:41 Hoop
 
I find the whole concept of WW2 more incredible with every anniversary.

The shear amount of lead and metal thrown around and dropped, much of it missing its intended target.

The scale & amount of people effected.

The fact that two sides would make sure each was decked out in clashing uniforms for the entirtey of war.

The few examples of chivalry and honor shown midst such horror.

Today?
Drones commanded half a world away surgicaly removing a target half way home from a night out.


Tomorrow?

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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 20:00 Kxmode
 
Hoop wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 18:04:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 18:03:
Cholma wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:49:
osage no onna wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:43:
kxmode wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:23:
complicity wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 16:57:
Ant wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 14:33:
nin wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 13:41:


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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 19:54 Mr. Tact
 
Did my 7 years, 3 months, and 10 days -- but those guys do deserve special remembrance. As Blue indicated, what they did was simply mind boggling.  
Truth is brutal. Prepare for pain.
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 19:29 Bet
 
A moment of silence gone awry?  
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 19:14 banddirector
 
What in the world is going on here?
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 18:04 Hoop
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 18:03:
Cholma wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:49:
osage no onna wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:43:
kxmode wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:23:
complicity wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 16:57:
Ant wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 14:33:
nin wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 13:41:


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7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 18:03 xXBatmanXx
 
Cholma wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:49:
osage no onna wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:43:
kxmode wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:23:
complicity wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 16:57:
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nin wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 13:41:


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6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 17:49 Cholma
 
osage no onna wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:43:
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 17:43 osage no onna
 
kxmode wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 17:23:
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 17:23 Kxmode
 
complicity wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 16:57:
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 16:57 complicity
 
Ant wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 14:33:
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 14:33 Ant
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2010, 13:41 nin
 



 
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