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Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2023 5:38 p.m. PST

June 6, 1944 … 79 years ago today …


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2023 6:39 p.m. PST

I picked up the movie at the library, and I'm going to pick my son up when I get off work tomorrow because he wants to set up a Lego invasion diorama at my house (while I have the movie playing in the backyard).

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2023 6:50 p.m. PST

I will be putting my flag out in front of my house tomorrow in their honor and memory.


35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 4:30 a.m. PST


Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 6:49 a.m. PST

It will take awhile, but it is really interesting to hear what the world was told during the first day of the invasion.

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 7:48 a.m. PST

Good call – my father-in-law's best bud landed on June 6th on Juno Beach with 19th Royal Canadian Field Artillery

14Bore06 Jun 2023 9:15 a.m. PST

Have posted and threads on my FiL's D-Day experience in a Engineer Battalion. Was just on another website saying though in England and Germany never went to Normandy. Certainly a experience I missed.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 11:10 a.m. PST

I posted on Facebook …

I know FOX has been mentioning it often.

Today … June 6, 1944, WWII, the US and our Allies[UK, France, etc.] hit the beaches at Normandy, France. The beginning of the end of Hitler's Nazi Germany on the Western Front. There were many losses, nothing was easy. But the "Greatest Generation" proved that is who they were. We probably won't see many like that again. My Father, an Infantry SGT, landed at D+10. Albeit wounded he made it back home once the war was over. Many did not … I fear … many of our youth know nothing of this operation.

An Amphib invasion is one of the most difficult missions a force can try to execute. Ships, aircraft, para & glider troops, thousands of ground troops, armored vehicles, artillery, trucks, landing craft, etc. But this battle changed the world for the better. link

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 12:51 p.m. PST

Saw this on a tribute page today: (FYI the bleeps were put in by TMP, not me. 🙂)

"This is the full text of the speech Gen. Patton made prior to D-Day. The date was 5 June, 1944. Please be advised it is quite profane.

General Patton:
Be seated. Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of Bleeped text.
Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle.

You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else.

Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight.
When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards.

Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.

You are not all going to die. Only two percent of you right here today would die in a major battle. Death must not be feared. Death, in time, comes to all men. Yes, every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he's not, he's a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are.
The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared.

Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some, it takes an hour. For some, it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base. Americans pride themselves on being He Men and they ARE He Men.

Remember that the enemy is just as frightened as you are, and probably more so. They are not supermen.

All through your Army careers, you men have bitched about what you call ‘chicken Bleeped text drilling'. That, like everything else in this Army, has a definite purpose. That purpose is alertness. Alertness must be bred into every soldier. I don't give a Bleeped text for a man who's not always on his toes. You men are veterans or you wouldn't be here. You are ready for what's to come. A man must be alert at all times if he expects to stay alive. If you're not alert, sometime, a German son-of-an-asshole-bitch is going to sneak up behind you and beat you to death with a sockful of shit!

There are four hundred neatly marked graves somewhere in Sicily, all because one man went to sleep on the job. But they are German graves, because we caught the bastard asleep before they did.

An Army is a team. It lives, sleeps, eats, and fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is pure horse Bleeped text The bilious bastards who write that kind of stuff for the Saturday Evening Post don't know any more about real fighting under fire than they know about Bleeped texting! We have the finest food, the finest equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons-of-bitches we're going up against. By God, I do.

My men don't surrender, and I don't want to hear of any soldier under my command being captured unless he has been hit. Even if you are hit, you can still fight back That's not just bull Bleeped text either. The kind of man that I want in my command is just like the lieutenant in Libya, who, with a Luger against his chest, jerked off his helmet, swept the gun aside with one hand, and busted the hell out of the Kraut with his helmet. Then he jumped on the gun and went out and killed another German before they knew what the hell was coming off. And, all of that time, this man had a bullet through a lung. There was a real man!

All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters, either. Every single man in this Army plays a vital role. Don't ever let up. Don't ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain.

What if every truck driver suddenly decided that he didn't like the whine of those shells overhead, turned yellow, and jumped headlong into a ditch? The cowardly bastard could say, ‘Hell, they won't miss me, just one man in thousands.' But, what if every man thought that way? Where in the hell would we be now? What would our country, our loved ones, our homes, even the world, be like?

No, Goddamnit, Americans don't think like that. Every man does his job. Every man serves the whole. Every department, every unit, is important in the vast scheme of this war.

The ordnance men are needed to supply the guns and machinery of war to keep us rolling. The Quartermaster is needed to bring up food and clothes because where we are going there isn't a hell of a lot to steal. Every last man on K.P. has a job to do, even the one who heats our water to keep us from getting the ‘G.I. Shits'.

Each man must not think only of himself, but also of his buddy fighting beside him. We don't want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men.

One of the bravest men that I ever saw was a fellow on top of a telegraph pole in the midst of a furious fire fight in Tunisia. I stopped and asked what the hell he was doing up there at a time like that. He answered, ‘Fixing the wire, Sir.' I asked, ‘Isn't that a little unhealthy right about now?' He answered, ‘Yes Sir, but the Goddamned wire has to be fixed.' I asked, ‘Don't those planes strafing the road bother you?' And he answered, ‘No, Sir, but you sure as hell do!' Now, there was a real man. A real soldier. There was a man who devoted all he had to his duty, no matter how seemingly insignificant his duty might appear at the time, no matter how great the odds.

And you should have seen those trucks on the rode to Tunisia. Those drivers were magnificent. All day and all night they rolled over those son-of-a-bitching roads, never stopping, never faltering from their course, with shells bursting all around them all of the time. We got through on good old American guts. Many of those men drove for over forty consecutive hours. These men weren't combat men, but they were soldiers with a job to do. They did it, and in one hell of a way they did it. They were part of a team. Without team effort, without them, the fight would have been lost. All of the links in the chain pulled together and the chain became unbreakable.

Don't forget, you men don't know that I'm here. No mention of that fact is to be made in any letters. The world is not supposed to know what the hell happened to me. I'm not supposed to be commanding this Army. I'm not even supposed to be here in England. Let the first bastards to find out be the Goddamned Germans. Some day I want to see them raise up on their piss-soaked hind legs and howl, ‘Jesus Christ, it's the Goddamned Third Army again and that son-of-a-Bleeped texting-bitch Patton'. 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. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit.

Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!

When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a German will get to him eventually. The hell with that idea. The hell with taking it. My men don't dig foxholes. I don't want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don't give the enemy time to dig one either. We'll win this war, but we'll win it only by fighting and by showing the Germans that we've got more guts than they have; or ever will have.

We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun Bleeped texters by the bushel-Bleeped texting-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts. When shells are hitting all around you and you wipe the dirt off your face and realize that instead of dirt it's the blood and guts of what once was your best friend beside you, you'll know what to do!

I don't want to get any messages saying, ‘I am holding my position.' We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living Bleeped text out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like Bleeped text through a tin horn!

From time to time there will be some complaints that we are pushing our people too hard. I don't give a good Goddamn about such complaints. I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood. The harder WE push, the more Germans we will kill. The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed. Pushing means fewer casualties. I want you all to remember that.

There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, ‘Well, your Granddaddy shoveled Bleeped text in Louisiana.' No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, ‘Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Georgie Patton!'"


Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 3:27 p.m. PST

Sounds like him !

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 3:29 p.m. PST

A bit rough, but where the hell are those kind of men now?

Korvessa06 Jun 2023 4:29 p.m. PST

Quite the speach

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 6:01 p.m. PST

Where are they? More concerned about White Rage.

BTW count how many generals we had in WWII and how many we have today. This article on 4 stars is 3 years old. I can't find the others right now.


jgawne06 Jun 2023 8:18 p.m. PST

Patton spoke to my father's unit in N. Ireland before the invasion. He said it was the most foul-mouthed speech he had ever heard, and he was used to pre-war Sgts who could swear for hours without repeating themselves. He recalled the officers in his unit were not impressed.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2023 10:25 a.m. PST

A bit rough, but where the hell are those kind of men now?
Sadly in today's woke DEI progressive, etc. environment, etc. A small minority of our culture has labelled anything "macho" very tough males, "warriors", male athletes, etc. as having "Toxic Masculinity". And that is a big negative if you are a masculine male. To the woke "mob" …

These types forgot or never understood, that "macho" very masculine, etc., men are generally a very important part of society/our culture. They make up the ranks of the Military, LEOs, First Responders, Firemen, etc. The kind of man who runs towards the sound of the guns. Runs into a burning building. Flys combat aircraft, drives tanks, parachutes as part of a military unit, e.g.; Rangers, SEALs, Spec Forces, Paratroops, Marine Raiders, PJ/CCTs etc., etc., …

If there are none of these types who will protect society and culture from the "bad guys", etc. ? Then what happens … ? I think we know …

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
― George Orwell

More concerned about White Rage.
Sadly yes … Even "White Rage" is more of another questionable concept of the woke, progressive, DEI, etc. types, IMO …

Is there any other type of rage other than White ? [hyperbole (?)]

Patton spoke to my father's unit
He spoke to my Father's unit too after they landed on D+10 in France.

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