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Realjambo
06-06-2008, 09:18 AM
I thought we ought to have something marking the 64th anniversary of D-Day, or Operation Overlord. I wanted to try to plot where the U-Boats were in relation to the beaches involved but I've not had time as yet.

Instead, Listen to the voices of eight people from all sides of the war who experienced D-Day first-hand:

BBC History - D-Day Voices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/dday_audio.shtml)

Whilst we are at it, it's worth a minute to look over these too:

D-Day Beach Head (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/dday_beachhead_01.shtml)

D-Day - The Untold Story (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/archaeology/excavations_techniques/marine_dday_underwater_01.shtml)

Realjambo
06-06-2008, 09:18 AM
I thought we ought to have something marking the 64th anniversary of D-Day, or Operation Overlord. I wanted to try to plot where the U-Boats were in relation to the beaches involved but I've not had time as yet.

Instead, Listen to the voices of eight people from all sides of the war who experienced D-Day first-hand:

BBC History - D-Day Voices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/dday_audio.shtml)

Whilst we are at it, it's worth a minute to look over these too:

D-Day Beach Head (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/dday_beachhead_01.shtml)

D-Day - The Untold Story (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/archaeology/excavations_techniques/marine_dday_underwater_01.shtml)

Celeon999
06-06-2008, 09:50 AM
Very good post RJ. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Kielhauler1961
06-06-2008, 09:51 AM
UK Forum members:

Tonight on History Channel at 9pm there is original footage previously "lost" of recce overflights of the D-Day beaches.

Realjambo
06-06-2008, 10:29 AM
Cheers Celeon!

Thanks for the tip off Kielhauler1961

WilhelmSchulz.
06-06-2008, 01:36 PM
Im actuly reading D-Day by Stephen E. Ambrose right now. I have to say its a great book. Its totaly changed my views of D-Day. Its no longer the well exicuted invasion that I thought it was. I now see it as a triumph in the face of distaster.

May all thoes who died not only on D-Day but the entire WWII and all wars be remembered and hornered. RIP

GoldenEagle8
06-06-2008, 01:39 PM
Excellent post here. I spent all day reminding everyone around me what today was. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Realjambo
06-09-2008, 01:45 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz.:
Im actuly reading D-Day by Stephen E. Ambrose right now. I have to say its a great book. Its totaly changed my views of D-Day. Its no longer the well exicuted invasion that I thought it was. I now see it as a triumph in the face of distaster.

May all thoes who died not only on D-Day but the entire WWII and all wars be remembered and hornered. RIP </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That one isn't in the library at Jambo Towers, Wilhelm - Would you post a 'review' when you finish it? Sounds interesting!

WilhelmSchulz.
06-10-2008, 01:43 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Realjambo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz.:
Im actuly reading D-Day by Stephen E. Ambrose right now. I have to say its a great book. Its totaly changed my views of D-Day. Its no longer the well exicuted invasion that I thought it was. I now see it as a triumph in the face of distaster.

May all thoes who died not only on D-Day but the entire WWII and all wars be remembered and hornered. RIP </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That one isn't in the library at Jambo Towers, Wilhelm - Would you post a 'review' when you finish it? Sounds interesting! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Shure. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Celeon999
06-13-2008, 10:09 AM
From the german army website :


On 07.06.2008 , 145 airborne soldiers from the USA, the UK, France and Germany jumped down on La Fiere near Sainte Mère Église in northern France.

They were welcomed by hundreds of delighted local residents.

Stabsgefreiter Drexler from Regensburg said "I've never recieved such a warm welcome after any jump before"

After a memorial ceremony at the "Iron Mike " memorial, the soldiers marched on to the marketplace of Sainte Mère Église.

64 years ago, a bloody battle between american soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division and defending german soldiers raged at this historical location.

Since June 3, the german delegation consisting of members of the Special Operations Division aswell as Airborne and Air-Transport school participated in memorial services alongside with former enemies.

The memorial formations consisting of american, british and german soldiers symbolize the tight bond between these former enemies.

The formations were often accompanied by former war participants and french soldiers.


During the six days, many nameplates, unit markings aswell as adresses and phone numbers got exchanged between the soldiers.


The soldiers gratefully followed the dinner invitations of local french families. Whenever language deficits blocked the conversations, heartiness, gestures and signs helped to make oneselves understood.


Since four years, german soldiers participate in the D-Day memorial celebrations. Through many conversations with the local french population, the german delegation recieved the impression that latter see the presence of the german soldier very positive.

Despite the folk festical like celebrations , the victims of the war are not forgotten about.

In the broad bays of the landing zones "Utah" and "Omaha", the traces of war are still clearly visible.

War veterans and the local war museums told impressing stories about the intensity of the fighting in Normandy.

Visiting of the numerous graveyards provided plenty of opportunity to hold communion with oneselves.

Over 50.000 german soldiers are buried in Normandy alone. The german delegation returned home on 9. June along with numerous interesting impressions.

The most impressing one was clearly the contact with the veterans.

"Now you are our comerades. I am proud and happy to know you germans here on our side now" said 84 years old Ralph K. Manley, who over 60 years ago and as member of the 82nd american airborne division, jumped down on Normandy on D-Day.

The veteran from Montana dunned : "Make sure our countries may never go to war against each other again"



The memorial delegation at "Iron Mike"

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At one of the german soldier cemeteries


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VikingGrandad
06-14-2008, 04:18 AM
The present day friendship and respect between former enemies is an example to us all. These guys have learned the true value of forgiveness - that is the legacy they leave for us.