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(US Army)   68 years ago today, over 160,000 Allied soldiers under Eisenhower's command stormed the beaches of Normandy to teach Hitler what happens when you let your guard down while fighting the United States of America   (army.mil) divider line 618
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2012-06-06 06:19:46 AM  
You shoot at them from fortified bunkers on higher ground?
 
2012-06-06 07:35:32 AM  
Correction, Subby:

"... to teach Hitler what happens when you get bogged down fighting the Russians in Eastern Europe and forget to watch your back door in western Europe."

Americans really need to pay closer attention to history (not the "History Channel"). The USSR beat the Germans in WWII. The other Allies just helped out. The Poles, Brits, French, Canadians, Americans, and Aussies all fought very hard, but it was the Soviets who ground the Nazi war machine into the dirt.
 
2012-06-06 07:53:52 AM  

Wenchmaster: Correction, Subby:

"... to teach Hitler what happens when you get bogged down fighting the Russians in Eastern Europe and forget to watch your back door in western Europe."

Americans really need to pay closer attention to history (not the "History Channel"). The USSR beat the Germans in WWII. The other Allies just helped out. The Poles, Brits, French, Canadians, Americans, and Aussies all fought very hard, but it was the Soviets who ground the Nazi war machine into the dirt.


What I want to say is that we shouldn't argue over who did more, but rather recognise that everyone did their part and that is more important than anything, it was the whole force of the United Nations that won, not one single nation. However what I am going to say is fark Russia because they started WW2 by agreeing to carve up Poland with the Nazis. If ever there was a regime more evil than the Nazis it was the Soviet Union. I just wish Stalin died a more painful death than Hitler.

Then let's look at why the USSR survived, masses of aid from the west plus weather and still they came within a gnats wing of collapsing. They were a mess and deserve no praise or sympathy.
 
2012-06-06 07:54:06 AM  

Wenchmaster: Correction, Subby:


B-b-but we're the heroes of WW2! We're special and the best! USA USA USA!

/Not Subby, knows all about the Battle of Kursk
 
2012-06-06 07:55:40 AM  
My Dad stormed the beach at Normandy with his M-1 rifle blazing away.

Granted, he did it in 1986, but, wow, did he ever achieve the element of surprise.
 
2012-06-06 07:56:42 AM  

Wenchmaster: Americans really need to pay closer attention to history


Katyn Forest.
 
2012-06-06 07:58:08 AM  
uh, yeah, he fought more than the united states of america.
 
2012-06-06 08:05:31 AM  
Been to Omaha Beach and other D-Day landing sites. It's amazing anyone made alive off Omaha.

/Visited the American cemetarys there and elsewhere too.
 
2012-06-06 08:07:31 AM  
Thanks, Gramps. Still miss the old guy.

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He was Fall River's first OG, too:

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2012-06-06 08:24:38 AM  
My great uncle stormed the beach of Normandy. He was six foot seven, if not more. A huge, hulking beast of a man. For the life of me, I still don't understand how the Germans managed to miss picking him off.

Never met a guy that hated "krauts" more than him. But he earned the right to say whatever the hell he wanted about them.
 
2012-06-06 08:29:14 AM  
Hitler's still waiting for the REAL invasion at Calais.
 
2012-06-06 08:30:45 AM  
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2012-06-06 08:33:35 AM  

Wenchmaster: Americans really need to pay closer attention to history (not the "History Channel"). The USSR beat the Germans in WWII. The other Allies just helped out. The Poles, Brits, French, Canadians, Americans, and Aussies all fought very hard, but it was the Soviets who ground the Nazi war machine into the dirt.


Well, I'm glad we were able to "help out" by keeping the Allied cause afloat with money and material, opening up the Western Front, liberating France, fighting in North Africa, conquering Italy, etc etc etc.

Enough with the "X really won the war crap". We all did it, together. If any of the Allies had faltered, the entire alliance would have collapsed.
 
2012-06-06 08:34:43 AM  
You know what would be perfect?? Someone should make one of those Hitler "Downfall" videos, but in THIS one Hitler reacts to finding out that the allies have invaded and are moving towards Berlin and...oh...um...yeah.
 
2012-06-06 09:13:29 AM  
My grandfather was there. Gram bought him one of those bricks in the memorial wall.
 
2012-06-06 09:16:01 AM  
68 years ago today, over 160,000 Allied soldiers under Eisenhower's command stormed the beaches of Normandy to teach Hitler what happens when you let your guard down while fighting the United States of America deploy 90% of your forces to the USSR

FTFS
 
2012-06-06 09:18:24 AM  

Mentat: Wenchmaster: Americans really need to pay closer attention to history (not the "History Channel"). The USSR beat the Germans in WWII. The other Allies just helped out. The Poles, Brits, French, Canadians, Americans, and Aussies all fought very hard, but it was the Soviets who ground the Nazi war machine into the dirt.

Well, I'm glad we were able to "help out" by keeping the Allied cause afloat with money and material, opening up the Western Front, liberating France, fighting in North Africa, conquering Italy, etc etc etc.

Enough with the "X really won the war crap". We all did it, together. If any of the Allies had faltered, the entire alliance would have collapsed.


This is all true. but the part about opening up the western front is a little overstated. By the time we did that,
Germany was already basically done. The Nazi hopes of victory died in the rubble of Stalingrad. Had we not invaded Western Europe, the Nazis would have still lost the war - but the USSR probably would have simply conquered all of Europe. So our invasion didn't really kill the Nazis, but it did save Europe from the Iron Curtain.
 
2012-06-06 09:53:49 AM  
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D+1. Men of the Hipster Light Infantry of Canada land at Juno Beach, prepared to fixie their way to Berlin. Later that day, the first mobile cappuchino-maker units would arrive.
 
2012-06-06 09:56:22 AM  

DamnYankees: This is all true. but the part about opening up the western front is a little overstated. By the time we did that,
Germany was already basically done. The Nazi hopes of victory died in the rubble of Stalingrad. Had we not invaded Western Europe, the Nazis would have still lost the war - but the USSR probably would have simply conquered all of Europe. So our invasion didn't really kill the Nazis, but it did save Europe from the Iron Curtain.


I'm sure the soldiers at Ardennes were thrilled to hear that the Germans were basically done.
 
2012-06-06 10:07:07 AM  

Mentat: DamnYankees: This is all true. but the part about opening up the western front is a little overstated. By the time we did that,
Germany was already basically done. The Nazi hopes of victory died in the rubble of Stalingrad. Had we not invaded Western Europe, the Nazis would have still lost the war - but the USSR probably would have simply conquered all of Europe. So our invasion didn't really kill the Nazis, but it did save Europe from the Iron Curtain.

I'm sure the soldiers at Ardennes were thrilled to hear that the Germans were basically done.


And the Canadians at Verrières Ridge, Falaise, the Scheldt, Walcheren, the Rhine crossing and the Reichwald forest would agree.
 
2012-06-06 10:22:38 AM  

Mentat: DamnYankees: This is all true. but the part about opening up the western front is a little overstated. By the time we did that,
Germany was already basically done. The Nazi hopes of victory died in the rubble of Stalingrad. Had we not invaded Western Europe, the Nazis would have still lost the war - but the USSR probably would have simply conquered all of Europe. So our invasion didn't really kill the Nazis, but it did save Europe from the Iron Curtain.

I'm sure the soldiers at Ardennes were thrilled to hear that the Germans were basically done.


Rusty Shackleford: And the Canadians at Verrières Ridge, Falaise, the Scheldt, Walcheren, the Rhine crossing and the Reichwald forest would agree.


Thrilled or not, it was true. Had we lost at the battle of the Ardennes, the Nazis still would have lost the war. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. Soldiers die all the time in battles and wars which in retrospect weren't necessary, or at least as necessary as they are made out to be at the time.
 
2012-06-06 10:30:59 AM  
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2012-06-06 10:31:17 AM  

DamnYankees:

Thrilled or not, it was true. Had we lost at the battle of the Ardennes, the Nazis still would have lost the war.


You mean *probably* would have lost the war, right? If not, I'd like to borrow your alternate-timeline time travel machine as there's got to be one out there where I have a harem of hot Persians.
 
2012-06-06 10:40:03 AM  

DamnYankees: Thrilled or not, it was true. Had we lost at the battle of the Ardennes, the Nazis still would have lost the war. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. Soldiers die all the time in battles and wars which in retrospect weren't necessary, or at least as necessary as they are made out to be at the time.


So why did we even bother with the war? The Brits could have hunkered down, we could have focused entirely on the Japanese, and Russia could have won the war single-handedly.
 
2012-06-06 10:45:24 AM  

Mentat: DamnYankees: Thrilled or not, it was true. Had we lost at the battle of the Ardennes, the Nazis still would have lost the war. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. Soldiers die all the time in battles and wars which in retrospect weren't necessary, or at least as necessary as they are made out to be at the time.

So why did we even bother with the war? The Brits could have hunkered down, we could have focused entirely on the Japanese, and Russia could have won the war single-handedly.


Perhaps you didn't read his previous comment:

So our invasion didn't really kill the Nazis, but it did save Europe from the Iron Curtain.

Reading comprehension is a good thing and all that.
 
2012-06-06 10:52:33 AM  

Howard Finkelstein: Reading comprehension is a good thing and all that.


I read it, I comprehended it, and I think it's silly.
 
2012-06-06 11:02:36 AM  
Russia would have folded in 1941 without us or the weather helping them. Remember that when saying that they single handedly won the war.
 
2012-06-06 11:02:56 AM  

Howard Finkelstein: DamnYankees:

Thrilled or not, it was true. Had we lost at the battle of the Ardennes, the Nazis still would have lost the war.

You mean *probably* would have lost the war, right? If not, I'd like to borrow your alternate-timeline time travel machine as there's got to be one out there where I have a harem of hot Persians.


No, they definitely would have lost the war. Do some research on the Eastern Front. By the winter of 1944, the Nazis were toast.
 
2012-06-06 11:04:44 AM  

Mentat: DamnYankees: Thrilled or not, it was true. Had we lost at the battle of the Ardennes, the Nazis still would have lost the war. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. Soldiers die all the time in battles and wars which in retrospect weren't necessary, or at least as necessary as they are made out to be at the time.

So why did we even bother with the war? The Brits could have hunkered down, we could have focused entirely on the Japanese, and Russia could have won the war single-handedly.


Why did we bother with it at the time? Or in retrospect?

At the time, we obviously didn't know that the Nazis were already done by that point. Well, we certainly didn't know it as well as we know it now. Stalin was begging us to open up a Western front for years.

In retrospect, we did it to save Western Europe from the Iron Curtain. Certainly some people had this notion at the time - Churchill, for example - but I'm not sure how big a factor that was.
 
2012-06-06 11:10:32 AM  

Mentat: DamnYankees: Thrilled or not, it was true. Had we lost at the battle of the Ardennes, the Nazis still would have lost the war. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. Soldiers die all the time in battles and wars which in retrospect weren't necessary, or at least as necessary as they are made out to be at the time.

So why did we even bother with the war? The Brits could have hunkered down, we could have focused entirely on the Japanese, and Russia could have won the war single-handedly.


Soviet Mother Russia win because she have more men than Nazi German have bullet. Is foolproof strategy.

But... capitalist aeroplane bombs make sure German have not quite so many bullet. And some German bullet did get use on bourgeoisie invader in West and Africa.

If not, maybe Nazi German have more bullet than Mother Russia have men. Is mystery. Is good we do not no, yes?
 
2012-06-06 11:13:58 AM  
It's amazing that the earth didn't shift off of it's axis that day with the enormous weight of all those huge balls gathered in one place at one time.

/nothing but respect
//RIP those killed that day & those who happened to survive & have since passed on. You served your time in hell, the gates of heaven are open for you
 
2012-06-06 11:21:51 AM  

DamnYankees: Why did we bother with it at the time? Or in retrospect?

At the time, we obviously didn't know that the Nazis were already done by that point. Well, we certainly didn't know it as well as we know it now. Stalin was begging us to open up a Western front for years.

In retrospect, we did it to save Western Europe from the Iron Curtain. Certainly some people had this notion at the time - Churchill, for example - but I'm not sure how big a factor that was.


The plan all along was to defeat Germany first in order to buy time to rebuild the Pacific Fleet. That's why we sent so much aid to Britain and Russia, it's why we invaded North Africa and Italy. While realpolitik later in the war may have dictated beating the Russians to Berlin, it certainly wasn't our motivating factor for getting into the war.
 
2012-06-06 11:26:33 AM  

Mentat: While realpolitik later in the war may have dictated beating the Russians to Berlin, it certainly wasn't our motivating factor for getting into the war.


Yes, I agree with this. That's what I said.
 
2012-06-06 11:41:18 AM  
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What's left of one of the artificial military harbours

Truly an amazing sobering experience if you ever get over there.
/spent two weeks going up and down the coast
 
2012-06-06 11:43:04 AM  
Someone should do one of those YouTube parodies where Hitler finds out about this. I bet he'd be pissed!
 
2012-06-06 11:46:47 AM  

DamnYankees: deploy 90% of your forces to the USSR


Actually, roughly 60% of German units were on the Eastern Front on June 1 1944, they had a ton of units in Italy, France, the Low Countries and Norway.

Following D-Day, about 10-12% of the units on the Eastern Front, including many crack units, went west.
 
2012-06-06 11:47:09 AM  
43 years ago today, my mom gave birth to me.

Ike's D-Day was nothing like hers.
 
2012-06-06 11:48:52 AM  
I stormed the beach at Normandy a couple of years ago, everyone was looking at me like "Wtf is wrong with you?"
 
2012-06-06 11:49:53 AM  

98K514: 43 years ago today, my mom gave birth to me.

Ike's D-Day was nothing like hers.


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Daniel?
 
2012-06-06 11:50:05 AM  

clovis69: DamnYankees: deploy 90% of your forces to the USSR

Actually, roughly 60% of German units were on the Eastern Front on June 1 1944, they had a ton of units in Italy, France, the Low Countries and Norway.

Following D-Day, about 10-12% of the units on the Eastern Front, including many crack units, went west.


Good information. The number I remember reading is that, overall, something like 90% of all German casualties were suffered on the Eastern Front, which is where I got that number from.
 
2012-06-06 11:51:06 AM  

98K514: 43 years ago today, my mom gave birth to me.

Ike's D-Day was nothing like hers.


Well, yeah. Based on that she would have been overrun and conquered by 160,000 men sometime the previous October.
 
2012-06-06 11:51:47 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: 98K514: 43 years ago today, my mom gave birth to me.

Ike's D-Day was nothing like hers.

Well, yeah. Based on that she would have been overrun and conquered by 160,000 men sometime the previous October.


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/Best "oh snap" I think I've ever seen....
 
2012-06-06 11:51:49 AM  
I'm reading D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Anthony Beevor so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2012-06-06 11:53:02 AM  

keylock71: Thanks, Gramps. Still miss the old guy.

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He was Fall River's first OG, too:

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Holy cow, it just got dusty in here.
/Great photos, bro.
 
2012-06-06 11:53:10 AM  

Wenchmaster: but it was the Soviets who ground the Nazi war machine into the dirt


With a hell of a lot of Allied equipment and raw materials. If the Kriegsmarine had won the Battle of the Atlantic, the outcome would have been much different. It really was a joint effort, but the Russians did do a disproportionate share of the bleeding.
 
2012-06-06 11:53:56 AM  
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2012-06-06 11:54:57 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: My Dad stormed the beach at Normandy with his M-1 rifle blazing away.

Granted, he did it in 1986, but, wow, did he ever achieve the element of surprise.


My co workers are now looking at me funny.

well played
 
2012-06-06 11:54:59 AM  
Meanwhile, Mitt had (or has) a fund-raising dinner at a Texan mansion that has a painting of Hitler.
 
2012-06-06 11:55:07 AM  
...teach Hitler what happens when you let your guard down while fighting the United States of America bomb Pearl Harbour.

/seriously, I'm the first one?
 
2012-06-06 11:55:08 AM  
Oh, that war Standard Oil was funding on both sides?
 
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