Monday, June 6, 2011
Sixty seven years ago today, seven Allied divisions--four American, two British, one Canadian--landed on the beaches of northwestern France and broke the back of Hitler's Atlantic Wall. Thousands died. Thousands more were wounded. And the slow, painful process of rolling back Nazi conquests began, which ended eleven months later on the Elbe.
Those men--who (full disclosure) included my Uncle Thomas C. Kent--not only freed the West of Europe from the scourge of the Nazis, but also saved it from the equally great scourge of Soviet Socialism. Although, by this time the fall of Berlin was inevitable, there was a real possibility that the Russians would once again "liberate" Paris as they did in 1814.
For the sacrifice of those men the West was saved and, eventually, would triumph over both Swastika and Hammer and Sickle.
Thank you, gentlemen. Thank you.
Posted by (c)2014 Richard L. Kent, Esq. (MichiganSilverback at gmail dot com) at 7:29 AM