7 thoughts on “The Day That Saved The World”

  1. The 80th will be before the next presidential election, so almost certainly Kamala.

    She’ll say something nonsensical, giggle, and then go throw things at her staff.

    1. The Assistant Under-Secretary to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Meaningless and Irrelevant Trivia (OMIT for short) will be given an all expenses paid French vacation to say a few words… That’s how much importance a Kamala (Vice-?) Presidency would care about D-Day.

    2. We are here today to note the sacrifices we’ve made to recognize those that gave their lives so that you could one day for vote me to come here.

  2. With all that predicted sea level rise I’m expecting the Pointe Du Hoc landing re-enactment will only require a step ladder from the deck of the LST.

  3. Of the multiple lines of attack, the American landing at Omaha Beach was the stuff of Go Tell the Spartans level of heroism.

    Or it was one of America’s worst military disasters.

    Not to say that casualties did not happen on the other beaches, but what was to say if when the Omaha landing starting getting grim of retreating and concentrating the efforts in the other attack zones? Yes, the Omaha Beach landing zone become a major conduit of supplies as the Allied forces advanced through France, but what became of the strategy of bypassing enemy resistance, encircling it and letting it “die on the vine.”

    Did the D-Day invasion plan rely on success on every single line of attack? Didn’t that make it “brittle.”

    That said, there was a peculiar inversion of the formula of the need of an attacking force to outnumber defenders. Rommel’s Atlantic Wall involved a huge number of defenders but spread thinly. The defenders, in many cases, were not Germany’s crack troops either because there weren’t enough to cover that much coastline. The first wave at Omaha Beach, it appears, were largely annihilated, but the few who got through, were able to overwhelm the defenders.

    A few survivors “getting through” of a “human wave” had not worked in recent human history, whether at Picket’s Charge or the trenches in WW-I France. The success of such a thing was a lot to risk the future of Western Civilization.

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