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Normandy: Surviving D-Day

The greatest military invasion in history began 75 years ago today, and few of those who participated in it are still alive. There have been many films concerning D-Day, such as The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan, but these were fictional recreations based on real events.

Embedded above is a documentary on D-Day, with actual footage of the Normandy landings and subsequent events. My father fought in the Pacific War, so he wasn't there, but my maternal uncle was and he came back in one piece with the nickname 'Machine Gun Doc'.

When I watch this, I see young men for whom I am now old enough to have been their grandfather, when in fact they would be old enough to have been my father. Those were difficult times and I for one am thankful that this country produced so many young men who were up to the task. Good work, soldiers.

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