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June 06, 2006

H&I Fires* D+22,630

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The latest Carnival of the Recipes, TV Week edition, is available at Moutaineer Musings.

In honor of the sailors of D-Day, a pic of their descendants on the USS Saipan:

Mediterranean Sea (June 4, 2006) - Landing Craft Utility one Six Five Eight (LCU 1658) assigned to Attack Craft Unit Two (ACU-2) prepares to enter the well deck of the Amphibious Assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) after completing routine operations during exercise Phoenix Express. The exercise provides U.S. and allied forces an opportunity to participate in diverse maritime training scenarios helping to increase maritime domain awareness and strengthen emerging and enduring partnerships. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's mate Airman Patrick W. Mullen III

Mediterranean Sea (June 4, 2006) - Landing Craft Utility one Six Five Eight (LCU 1658) assigned to Attack Craft Unit Two (ACU-2) prepares to enter the well deck of the Amphibious Assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) after completing routine operations during exercise Phoenix Express. The exercise provides U.S. and allied forces an opportunity to participate in diverse maritime training scenarios helping to increase maritime domain awareness and strengthen emerging and enduring partnerships. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's mate Airman Patrick W. Mullen III

Denizen Bloodspite's D-Day offering: Fox Green Beach.

The soldiers who stormed ashore are the main story of D-Day, but we would be wholly remiss not to mention the Destroyers that closed in-shore and dueled with bunkered guns on the beaches. -The Armorer

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How We Make Marines (don't miss the pics). - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Before the invasion, Eisenhower's staff estimated between 20% and 70% casualties for the invasion. He solomnly gave this information to the leaders he briefed. They paused momentarily and asked, if they did not do the invasion at that time, what would be different in the future. I think everyone recognized the reality. It was invasion now with tremendous losses, or invasion later with possibly less available troops and equipment, more troops would die in Italy and Africa, they could lose the operation tempo and they would still have to invade the continent with massive casualties. They could lose the war.

The nod was given to go ahead. Casualties for Normandy Invasion:

45,000 Dead Coalition Forces
173,000 Wounded and Missing
12,200 Civilian Dead and Missing
320,000 Dead, wounded and "missing" enemy forces

That is the price of freedom. Pray we never have to pay it again, because we still haven't paid the the debt.

We owe. - Kat

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Matt at Blackfive has a good round-up of D-Day in Blogworld. -The Armorer

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On behalf of The Sand Pebble’s Crew, we would like to pay homage to one of that day’s many heroes. Lex, 74, and Smash would be proud.

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It ain’t over ‘till it’s over!!! - BOQ

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I wish I had written this: Top 11 Things That Anti-War Protesters Would Have Said At the Normandy Invasion on D-Day (Had There Been Anti-War Protesters At Normandy) -The Armorer

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Oh, and Boq - from that website where you put those files - I like this one: Bad Boys! -The Armorer

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*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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