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Lest We Forget... D-Day Landings June 6th 1944

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Lest We Forget... D-Day Landings June 6th 1944

Chaos of D-Day revealed in newly released photographs taken from RAF reconnaissance planes that flew over the beaches as allies fought their way ashore.
Taken 1000 feet above the coastline of northern France on June 6, 1944, the black and white images capture the moment thousands of troops arrived on the beaches as part of the largest seaborne invasion force in history, and have been released to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2648112/The-RAFs-unique-view-D-Day-revealed-70-years-later-w...
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Daredevil veteran, 89, is greeted by Prince Charles after fearless leap from the skies.
Hero: The Prince of Wales meets 89 year old Jock Hutton after he completed a tandem parachute jump with the red devils.
He risked his life when he dropped onto the Normandy beaches 70 years ago

We owe them so much.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2649843/D-Day-veteran-returns-Normandy-70-years-parachute-Da...
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Re: Lest We Forget... D-Day Landings June 6th 1944

It's not just on the battlefields that soldiers should be remembered for
Also for there heroic actions to save others
Here is a recent example
[quote= http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2648220/Dramatic-moment-soldier-climbs-live-rails-pull-woman-safety-falls-path-train.html?ito=video_player_click#comments]Incredibly, the paratrooper reached the woman, lifted her on to the platform and jumped up moments before the 6.05am train, hurtling towards them, slammed to a brake just yards away.
Mr McPhail, who was travelling home to Essex last Thursday after visiting friends in Kent, said: 'I was on the opposite platform 200 yards away and I saw the lady fall down in between the tracks and then heard the train horn coming.
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Re: Lest We Forget... D-Day Landings June 6th 1944

I have to say TORPC, that apart from the involvement of armed forces servicemen <and well done that man> how you make the connection between that incident and the remembrance of probably one of the most important events in modern history.
No, we should never forget.
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Re: Lest We Forget... D-Day Landings June 6th 1944

As we have our forefathers etc to thank for our history, this young soldier is making new history & should not just be remembered for being on current battlefield(s), they should also be remembered for their bravery & courage off the battlefield(s),
Thus making new history, that can be passed on through the generations to come
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Re: Lest We Forget... D-Day Landings June 6th 1944

Remembering all those who took part in D-Day 6 June 1944, 70 years ago.
Thank You for your sacrifice and dedication.
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6th June 1944 - 6th June 2014
The day in Pictures...
D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations end in spectacular style with huge daytime fireworks display

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650417/Dawn-breaks-Longest-Day-Flags-fly-half-mast-beaches-...
An amazing Gentleman
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650882/D-Day-veteran-89-reported-missing-care-home-staff-to...


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I thought the BBC coverage of the days events was excellent  Smiley
I was 9 shortly after D-Day so the wonderful veterans we saw yesterday were all at least 10 years older than me.
Nice to see Arromanches and Bayeux again as it's 15 years since we were last there.
Hopefully people watching will realise the true horrors of war.
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The horrors of WW1 were worst than WW2 and this did not stop the actual generation that fought in WW1 starting WW2
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The horrors of WW1 were worst than WW2 and this did not stop the actual generation that fought in WW1 starting WW2

not exactly true, the trenches were far worse but behind the lines the horrors of ww2 were far worse than anything done during ww1
the only person who started WW2 was a syphilis addled sycophant, every one else just reacted to what his brainwashed followers did, arguably the rest of Europe actually failed to react quickly enough to the things he was doing to his own population before he started invading other nations, and this reticence to enter into the fray was down to the horrors endured in the trenches in WW1,
regardless of who did what when or why the efforts of those involved in the war deserve the greatest respect for there sacrifices and serve as a reminder to all that we should always think of others and defend them when they cannot defend themselves against evil and tyranny without question, something that many seem to ignore all to readily
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That's true as after WW2 the British had enough of war and pulled out of the Israel and the problems been going on ever since and recent history is Iraq and this probably will go on for years. Religion is great.
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Actually the Korean war was still going on when I joined army in Sept 1953.
There was also conflict in Malaysia, Cyprus and Kenya and in 1956 the Suez Canal when a lot of reservists were called up.
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I thought Malay got independence without cost of life. I was in Malaysia in 2005 (on a business trip) and was there for the 40 years celebrations and was told by my hosts that no lives were lost.
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you missed out Vietnam and a few others, the point wasn't that Britain was war weary but that it was reticent to do the job properly in light of the cold war and the escalating arms race in the post WW2 era, Russia was viewed as having expansionist ideas and everyone was running scared and nobody wanted to get into a proper dust-off in case the 3rd army came over the hill through the speed bumps (that were made up of the various NATO forces in Europe) and instead preferred to stamp on any country that started moving towards communism.
the problems however were manifested because of poverty and a super nation desperate to sell all those surplus weapons on the cheap particularly to tribes that were hitherto armed with nothing more menacing than sharp sticks especially in areas with a lot of mineral deposits ......
NATO didn't learn the lessons it claimed to have learned from either war the recent debacles across the Arab world are proof positive of this, instead of pulling out of Iraq and creating a power vacuum in the post conflict stage the west should have shored up its peacekeeping forces divided up the various countries and maintained the status quo through diplomacy that Sadam et al had held through ruthlessness, educating the masses over a 20+ year program about peace and cooperation but instead they cried about costs and ran away without doing anything for the greater good .....
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you