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Major Stains
06-05-2013, 02:45 PM
EXPERIENCE D-DAY IN REAL TIME
BY FOLLOWING SEVEN PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE

Follow the events as they happened at this very moment back in 1944.
Here (http://dday7.channel4.com/).

dadafett
06-05-2013, 09:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DZPIGhL3bY

Day of days

Major Stains
09-29-2013, 10:21 AM
9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day
September 25, 2013
(http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/09/the-fallen-9000/) (click for photos)


This past weekend British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civillians, Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.

Some striking images!

Major Stains
06-06-2014, 01:40 AM
I will try to never let my children forget the importance and debt we owe to the brave men and women who protect us now and in the past.

http://i61.tinypic.com/2cz36td.jpg

D-Day 70th anniversary: Ceremonies and staged landing held
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27700479)

Major Stains
06-06-2014, 02:01 PM
Click for interactive landing scenes in 1944 and current day (http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2014/jun/01/d-day-landings-scenes-in-1944-and-now-interactive)

And I loved hearing this story today...(click for full article)
89-year old former Mayor of Hove has been found after he absconded from his care home to join his comrades in Normandy for one last reunion (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10882005/Bernard-Jordan-the-great-Normandy-escapade.html)

HardlyCapable13
06-06-2014, 02:09 PM
Thanks for sharing sir.

Major Stains
07-09-2016, 02:10 PM
My 11 y/o is going on his first school trip to Normandy, France next week.
As he hasn't touched the subject in his history classes yet so I have spent the afternoon with him watching documentaries and learning about D-Day.

He is staying near where the Omaha beach landings took place and will be visiting the Omaha memorial, the D-Day Museum amongst other things.

I felt it was very important he went on this trip to see and learn this aspect of history.
He certainly found the shows interesting and was moved during footage of the invasion.

dadafett
07-13-2016, 06:46 AM
My 11 y/o is going on his first school trip to Normandy, France next week.
As he hasn't touched the subject in his history classes yet so I have spent the afternoon with him watching documentaries and learning about D-Day.

He is staying near where the Omaha beach landings took place and will be visiting the Omaha memorial, the D-Day Museum amongst other things.

I felt it was very important he went on this trip to see and learn this aspect of history.
He certainly found the shows interesting and was moved during footage of the invasion.



Stains,

In my experience as a Soldier, there is no finer Soldier than a paratrooper. As a leader, when I absolutely needed to get the job done, I either surrounded myself with paratroopers or assigned the task to a paratrooper.

Today these men and women are three time volunteers - they volunteer to join the Army, they volunteer to go to jump school and they volunteer to be on jump status (regularly jump) -- that means they have that extra bit of special - Our world may have turned out completely different if not for the men and events of 6 June 1944. It's a great lesson.

dadafett

Major Stains
07-13-2016, 07:34 AM
Stains,

In my experience as a Soldier, there is no finer Soldier than a paratrooper. As a leader, when I absolutely needed to get the job done, I either surrounded myself with paratroopers or assigned the task to a paratrooper.

Today these men and women are three time volunteers - they volunteer to join the Army, they volunteer to go to jump school and they volunteer to be on jump status (regularly jump) -- that means they have that extra bit of special - Our world may have turned out completely different if not for the men and events of 6 June 1944. It's a great lesson.

dadafett

You're absolutely right.
They were the first in and 'had' to secure this one bridge.
As you well know, when men and weapons get dropped in the wrong places, it sometimes falls down to a brave few.
Just a handful a paras held off the Panzer division from taking that vital bridge.
Without which the whole of DDay would never of succeeded.

Outstanding bravery.

Ullrsdog
07-13-2016, 09:22 AM
Stains,

In my experience as a Soldier, there is no finer Soldier than a paratrooper. As a leader, when I absolutely needed to get the job done, I either surrounded myself with paratroopers or assigned the task to a paratrooper.

dadafett

I now know what you mean here...even though my father was 101st ABN he never shared much with me, now after losing Brian who was 82nd ABN and hearing the stories his counterparts have been willing to share gives me a new understanding.
82nd Airborne
"All the Way"
"All American"
"Death from Above"

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Major Stains
05-14-2017, 02:19 PM
101-Year-Old D-Day Veteran Becomes World's Oldest Skydiver

Big respect due to this legend...


A D-Day veteran has become the world's oldest person to skydive, after he jumped 15,000 ft, at the age of 101 and 38 days old.

Bryson William Verdun Hayes, known as Verdun, smashed the current world record on Sunday, completing a tandem skydive with three generations of his family at an airfield in Honiton, Devon.

The great-grandfather only tried skydiving for the first time last year when he reached 100 but breaking the British record for the oldest skydiver was not enough for him.

Mr Hayes, who said a parachute jump was something he had wanted to do since he turned 90, but was talked out of it then by his late wife, was determined to take the world record and beat its previous holder, Canadian Armand Gendreau who skydived in June 2013 aged 101 and three days.

When asked how he was feeling prior to Sunday's jump, Mr Hayes replied with that he was "absolutely" looking forward to the experience.

The widower took to the skies with 10 members of his family at Skydive Buzz in Dunkeswell, all raising money for the Royal British Legion. (http://www.forces.net/news/101-year-old-d-day-veteran-becomes-worlds-oldest-skydiver)

Pull the ripchord on the quote for full article

I love it. (Plus the fact he was a Sapper like my Grandpa in WWII, and Verdun also completed his World Record at the same place I got mine)

dadafett
05-15-2017, 05:25 PM
Hooah! Airborne All the Way! ---

Somethings can't help but catch my eye -- the second time today I saw this story --

see the video -- http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/europe/101-year-old-skydiver/