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Garde de Paris06 Jun 2023 11:23 a.m. PST

Odd no one else has commented. 86, and still remember.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 11:36 a.m. PST

Our TV News programmes have given it extensive coverage. June 6th, June 18th and Dec 7th always resonate in this house.

jgawne06 Jun 2023 12:35 p.m. PST

It's also Belleau Woods day.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 12:58 p.m. PST

You must have missed this thread from late yesterday and into today -- TMP link


Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 1:11 p.m. PST

I often wonder what my dad was feeling this time 79 years ago. He landed on D-Day on Omaha beach

Korvessa06 Jun 2023 1:46 p.m. PST

Raised by a Normandy vet (507/82).
I think of it often.

Two months ago I fulfilled a lifelong dream and was able to visit many of the batle sights. Including a coule of places where my dad was.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 2:38 p.m. PST

I always remember…

Stoppage06 Jun 2023 2:46 p.m. PST

My Father was a RNVR gun director off Juno (Combined Operations with the Canadians) – probably not too popular with the poor old French on-shore.

His brother was overhead in a RAF Typhoon.

Afterwards, Papa steamed towards Japan as part of the allied invasion fleet. I believe he was in charge of air defence on his escort destroyer – he loved seeing the pom-pom gun in action on the World at War TV series- especially when defending against the kamikaze.

Bill N06 Jun 2023 2:57 p.m. PST

This summer is the 79th of a number of events: the Capture of Rome, D-Day, the Liberation of Paris, Bagration, the start of the Warsaw uprising and the coup in Romania. I meant to post on the anniversary of Rome's capture but got distracted by a family cookout.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 3:12 p.m. PST

Legion 4 started a thread

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Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 5:48 p.m. PST

What was June 18?

I used to hold a June 6 WWII Normandy game every year on the weekend after, but haven't the past several years. Everyone got up in age or moved away. Then Covid. Sigh.

Garde de Paris06 Jun 2023 8:03 p.m. PST

June 18, 1815 was Waterloo. June 18, ?1756? was Kolin in the Czech Republic – Fred's first real defeat! Don't recall any WWII June 18 event.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2023 10:54 p.m. PST

Waterloo, Mt St Jean, La Belle Alliance call it what you will, but it is a day to remember. Mind you, we do also toast "The Immortal Memory" in October

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2023 1:26 a.m. PST

Famously June 18th 1940 saw de Gaulle's speech to ensure that France would fight on, whether as "The Fighting French", then the "Free French" and, finally, the French Armies that fought through Italy and Southern France to beyond the Rhine (not to mention 2e DB of course!)

donlowry08 Jun 2023 2:12 p.m. PST

The German ships would have been sunk before they got into, let alone across, the Atlantic.

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