The scene was WWII. It includes well over 5,000 ships and 160,000 warriors conducting a joint amphibious and airborne invasion. To put it in perspective, if you took all of the American servicemen & women in both Iraq & Afghanistan, you would still be short for the invasion.


D-Day includes some of the most famous areas known today that  took place within a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The Invasion Fleet was made from eight different navies, including 6,939 vessels: 1,213 warships, 4,126 transport vessels (landing ships and landing craft), and 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels. Now that’s an invasion!


It was the big push in WWI consisting of the US, UK, Canada, France , Poland Norway, Australia, New Zealand against…..Germany.

Total allied casualties (killed, wounded, missing, or captured) are estimated at approximately 10,000.
These comprised:
United States–6,603, of which 2,499 fatal.
United Kingdom–2,700.
Canada–1,074, of which 359 fatal.


The mold was broken after they made these warriors. All ages, countries, colors and sizes fought against Germany on D-day. Many of the young Americans don’t even know of it nonetheless could they tell you anything about it.  America was a true super power then, united and taking on the evil of the world. Lest they be forgotten!

Without a doubt….
Time for a CGar!

"I want to stick this knife into the heart of the meanest, dirtiest, filthiest Nazi.' – Allied paratrooper"



  1. As with the landings in the Pacific, thank God the amphibious assault is no longer necessary, at least on this scale. I’m sure that Hollywood did it justice with ‘Saving Private Ryan’, at least after hearing reports of D-Day Vets who said it was a pretty accurate re-creation of the landing. Hell of a way to fight a war… Semper Fi.

  2. As a French citizen I salute all the american heroes today and want to thank them for the liberation of my country.
    I have not forgotten the great sacrifices made by our american friends and will always be grateful for that.Thanks to all of our soldiers that put their lives on the line.

  3. Thank you, Major, for the great post and the link to that great speech.
    My thoughts of those that were there that day goes beyond respect to reverence. The credit for that respect and reverence goes to the influence of family members that served in Europe, the Pacific and one Wave that served in a administrative position in D.C. with a aunt that went to work for the Rock Island Arsenal.
    I’ll state with great confidence our Warriors of today living out good and honorable lives can have that same influence on succeeding generations of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and students.
    It’s a mission to be accomplished.
    Lest they forget…

  4. It was a speech from “la Pointe du Hoc” (50 kms from my parents’home) who was considered by the allied invasion forces to be of crucial importance on D-Day.The path that leads to the edge of the cliff is called alley of Colonel Rudder.
    Tomorrow,I start reading the book by Antony Beevor,but in French Major,my English is not enough fluent…
    J enjoy reading you.
    Bonne soirée Major.

  5. I think I’d like to join you in a ceegar! I pray that the world will never forget the courage and sacrifice of these fine men and their families.

  6. Thanks for the link to President Reagans speech, I actually remember watching it when it was on. Though I always harbored a grudge against him for not turning Beirut into a parking lot, he was still a hell of a CIC. I know that the blood that ran throught the veins of the warriors that re-took Europe is the same blood that flows in the bodies of the men and women serving now. Wish I could say the same for the current CIC. Semper Fi.

  7. Thanks warriors for all the comments. Want to help your warriors, help me spread the word about them and send them a post from OMV. Like that of “Reckless” above, if we don’t teach others of those that have gone before us, they will disappear into history and we cant let that happen to your Marines. Semper Fi

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