Posted on Jun 5, 2015
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OIF ’06-’07-’08 reminds us that tomorrow is the 71st anniversary of the invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Some notable historical figures have things that they want to add to the discussion this weekend;

George Patton on June 5th; “We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too.

Dwight Eisenhower said; You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely….The free men of the world are marching together to victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

From Stephen Ambrose’ Band of Brothers; Lieutenant Welsh remembered walking around among the sleeping men, and thinking to himself that ‘they had looked at and smelled death all around them all day but never even dreamed of applying the term to themselves. They hadn’t come here to fear. They hadn’t come to die. They had come to win.

In 1984, Ronald Reagan said; These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.

In 1994, Bill Clinton said; We are the children of your sacrifice. We are the sons and daughters you saved from tyranny’s reach. We grew up behind the shield of the strong alliances you forged in blood upon these beaches, on the shores of the Pacific, and in the skies above.

In 2004, George W Bush said; Generations to come will know what happened here, but these men heard the guns. Visitors will always pay respects at this cemetery, but these veterans come looking for a name and remembering faces and voices from a lifetime ago. Today we honor all the veterans of Normandy and all their comrades who never left.

In 2009, Barack Obama said; It is a story that has never come easy, but one that always gives us hope, For as we face down the hardships and struggles of our time, and arrive at that hour for which we were born, we cannot help but draw strength from those moments in history when the best among us were somehow able to swallow their fears and secure a beachhead on an unforgiving shore.

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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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Edited 9 y ago
Roughly, "Go time", Start day". Similarly, H-Hour. Hence D+1, H-1, etc.

A marker that time periods are measured against D-Day is day 0, the start date, H-Hour is hour 0.
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca, thank you Sir. Did you read the article? I found it a good read.
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Yes I did SGT (Join to see), Excellent read.
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I thought so too, Sir.
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Cpl Jeff N.
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SGT (Join to see) . I always found it interesting that Eisenhower had drafted a letter in the event the invasion failed. It read:

"Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone."

Can you imagine the responsibility of putting this entire event together and launching it with the full knowledge it could fail and the fate of Europe would be sealed.
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M month, D day, H hour. The exact moment a military operation is to kick off according to the old WWII standard of establishing a date. That is why the 505th PIR of the 82nd Airborne Division is known as H Minus...referring to the fact they jumped in before before the actual D Day Invasion seaborne invasion happened.
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