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A busy day in our history

June 6th...

1775 NY patriots prevent the Royal Governor from removing weapons from the city - I wonder how many would stand up to the Governor today?

1813 US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont). Heh. Someday we'll get it right and *beat* them dang Canuckistanians... ;^)

1898 Marines land at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - Prisoners no doubt abused - and Bibles mistreated in anticipation of future operations!

US Troops manning a 37mm cannon at Belleau Wood.

1918 Marines secure Belleau Wood.

Japanese aircraft carrier IJN Hiryu burning.

Midway! The Tide Turns in the Naval War in the Pacific. The After Action Report of the USS Yorktown.

1942 Japanese troops land on Kiska in the Aleutians. Along with Attu, the only bits of "continental" (hey, they were islands...) US dirt successfully captured during WWII.

1943 Japanese decide to evacuate Kiska, except for a small force that was overwhelmed easily.

1944 D-Day: 150,000-man Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France. General Eisenhower coincidentally is unable to attend his son's graduation from West Point.

-The Airborne Drops.

Pegasus Bridge, securely in British hands, is crossed by military vehicles on D-Day plus 1, June 7, 1944. The Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, London


Soldiers of the 2nd Ranger battalion, securing the Pointe du Hoc.

The Pointe du Hoc. 2nd Ranger Battalion storms the cliffs.

Gold Beach

Special Service troops of 47 Royal Marine Commando land at Gold Beach near Le Hamel on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, London

Sword Beach
Mine- and obstacle-clearing tanks of the 27th Armoured Brigade thread toward the shore at Queen sector, Sword Beach, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, London

Juno Beach (en francais)

1st Hussars tanks and men of the 7th Infantry Brigade landing on a crowded beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer, June 6th,1944. Photo by Ken Bell. Department of National Defence / National Archives of Canada,

VAC site: Canada Remembers.
On board their assault landing crafts, men of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles heading towards their sector of Juno Beach, June 6th, 1944. Photo by Dennis Sullivan. Department of National Defence / National Archives of Canada,

Utah Beach
Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division wade ashore at Victor sector, Utah Beach, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Amphibious tanks are lined up at the water's edge. U.S. War Department/National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Omaha Beach
U.S. infantrymen wade from their landing craft toward Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. U.S. Coast Guard/National Archives, Washington, D.C.


1949 George Orwell's "1984" published

The picture of the Canadian Cemetery at Reviers was shamelessly stolen from these fine Canadians. I hope they can forgive me.

Murdoc gives us a look at D-Day from the wrong side of the beach.

This YouTube video clip sets music to the beach landing scenes from Saving Private Ryan. The words to the song are, well, simple - but the music and emotion is stirring. 



Primo Victoria indeed. The first time that I was shot at, I wondered why the music wasn't playing. Oh, that's right, this isn't a movie.