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yngwies Cat 12:47 Thu Jun 6
D- Day 75 year on


What a momentous occasion, fewer vets, now, but really moved by that old who parachuted back to Normandy today.

Thanks fellas.

Ham and Jam!

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yngwies Cat 8:03 Mon Jun 10
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Northern, that be brilliant. Such a fantastic operation.
Coupe de Main at its best.

I love the a glider pilots reaction when they landed (after they came around)

"Now piss off and do what you get paid to do".

Northern Sold 11:33 Mon Jun 10
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Cat... the majority of the Ox and Bucks were all Londoners... brilliant descriptions of the characters in the Regiment in Stephen Ambrose's book Pegasus Bridge... would make an brilliant mini series like HBO's Band of Brothers...

yngwies Cat 11:53 Sun Jun 9
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I'm forever Blowing Bubbles was one of the tunes sung by the men in Major John Howard's Horsa glider as it made its to the assault on Pegasus Bridge.

lab 12:05 Sun Jun 9
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Cracking display by the red arrows over st Peter port guernsey.

yngwies Cat 9:06 Sat Jun 8
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Reading a cracking book at the moment, describes the postponing of the original landing in the 5th June because of the weather, the navy elements that were already en route were given the order to return to port, thus completing the world's. Biggest U turn.

Also the Commando who was picked up by the Germans prior to the landing whilst on a rece mission. fearing that he would suffer the fate of many a captured commando, because of Adolf's decree that they should be executed, was amazed that he was ordered to attend a meeting with Rommel, who asked during their chat "And how's my old Friend Monty?"

Fantastic stuff. RIP

ludo21 10:51 Fri Jun 7
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David L 10:09 Fri Jun 7

That is pretty standard procedure, though admittedly the captain would usually get one of the lads to do it!

Toe Rag 10:19 Fri Jun 7
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The Denison smock as worn by the Paras is what probably saved him.

Well known for fending off barbed wire spikes, German sniper rounds, lava flows and the French Pox.

David L 10:09 Fri Jun 7
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I heard an account on LBC yesterdah of a 19 year old Paras captain who after losing 70 of his men due to the gliders landing in flooded fields, made his way towards his objective with the survivors, and threw himself into the barbed wire in order that his men coulduse him as a bridge

Been trying find out more. Anyonegot any ideas?

Bungo 9:58 Fri Jun 7
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The Stoat 2:57 Thu Jun 6

Normally when interviewing, TV presenters are fixated on when they need to cut to the news or the weather etc, and are skilled at keeping their interviews to time.

They did appear to be allowing these old chaps the decency to finish whatever they wanted to say during the D Day coverage interviews which I think was entirely appropriate.

Cutting Harry Billinge off mid flow would have been appalling. Very glad they didn't.

Aalborg Hammer 9:01 Fri Jun 7
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The programme on the radio yesterday mentioned a veterans group that had welcomed a German snipers’ son into their ranks.His father had met the group on a visit to Normandy and he told of his
guilt at shooting three GI’s and that he couldn’t get their faces out of his head with sleepless nights and trauma.
When the German died,the group invited the son to join them and he asked to make a speech at one of the dinners they had.
His last words that night,silenced the group “I just want to thank you for defeating my father and liberating me”

Boycie 2:19 Fri Jun 7
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naga munchetty from the beeb always has the last word. She was so choked by what the old boy said she just looked at the camera. Totally speechless. That's what these people did for you to be here and slag us off!

I'm not a hero he said, the heroes are buried in the ground.

my Grandad went through North Africa landed in Sicily when the war was all but over. His mate got hit in the eye by a sniper. Totally unecessary. They caught him, and ever since he would mutter "only good italian is a dead one". He would cry when he told the story. he was damaged by it. Myself I love Italy and the madness of Italians I dont think he would agree with my outlook.

The Stoat 2:57 Thu Jun 6
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Incredible and very moving coverage by the Beeb


We will remember them

arsene york-hunt 2:40 Thu Jun 6
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The sight* of a man with both sides of his jacket covered with medals weeping when laying a wreath was very moving and heartbreaking.

Northern Sold 2:39 Thu Jun 6
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7110655/Lone-piper-plays-mark-exact-minute-British-troops-landed.html


Some magnificent photos...

arsene york-hunt 2:38 Thu Jun 6
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The site of a man with both sides of his jacket covered with medals weeping when laying a wreath was very moving and heartbreaking.

Northern Sold 2:09 Thu Jun 6
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Westside 12:01 Thu Jun 6
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if you ever get the chance do it.

Did it myself a few years ago. Privileged to have a D Day vet on the tour. He was in wheel chair some of the time, when he got a bit tired. French locals made a proper fuss of him. Came out of their houses, to give him wine, beer, water, bread and cheese etc.



Yeah noticed that... a lot of the vets (not necessary D-Day vets) and even current serviceman where getting free beer etc from local bars and cafe's....everywhere we went in Normandy we saw more British-Canadian-US flags than we actually saw French ones... the locals are top notch people...

Aalborg Hammer 12:56 Thu Jun 6
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Morning all,where Chim Chim Charoo these days?...he's usually a great contributor to theses D-Day /Memorial day posts

wanstead_hammer 12:54 Thu Jun 6
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NS - 11:33
Yeh, top man Harry!
Have seen a lot the stuff that’s been laid on. Emotional to say the least. Heroic men and women.

Grumpster 12:15 Thu Jun 6
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HMS Belfast will be firing it's guns in salute at 11 this morning.

As my office is right on Tower Bridge, would be foolish not to take an early lunch to go and watch it.

Percy Dalton 12:05 Thu Jun 6
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My dad was there when he was only seventeen he very rarely spoke about what happened as it was too upsetting for him.
I do think it's a bit cold to keep asking the vets what was it like
I'm waiting for one of them to say what do you think it was like.
There must be other things to ask them.

Westside 12:01 Thu Jun 6
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if you ever get the chance do it.

Did it myself a few years ago. Privileged to have a D Day vet on the tour. He was in wheel chair some of the time, when he got a bit tired. French locals made a proper fuss of him. Came out of their houses, to give him wine, beer, water, bread and cheese etc.

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