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    75 years ago at 11:22 French time, the Americans on Omaha Beach were being slaughtered. Utah Beach took 197 casualties including 60 missing. Omaha had 2,000 casualties.

    The M-42 machine gun ripped American soldiers apart. I watch a documentary on guys that went in on D-Day on Omaha. They said how they had to run past wounded guys crying for help because the M-42 (cyclic rate 1,200 to 1,300 RPM) would chew them up too.

    When I started going to the VA Hosp in East Orange NJ back in '70. I had the privilege of meeting quite a few guys that went in on D-day, including some who were on Omaha and some Rangers that scaled Pointe du Hoc, back then, some of them weren't even out of their 40's. They, like guys on Omaha kept fighting. As 1 ranger told me you just kept climbing as bodies dropped past you.

    I've seen some s*** but nothing even close to that.

    Their numbers get fewer by the year. If it gets to the 80th year I doubt if there will more than 1 or 2 left.

    So, to paraphrase Connie Nielsen from Gladiator:

    THEY ARE AMERICAN SOLDIERS, HONOR THEM.
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    Two nut-sacks (Tojo and Hitler) were in a race to take over the World.
    Even though Churchill thought the mission would fail, somebody had to step up.
    Many current leaders of nations were not alive, never knew the horror, and still don't get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    Two nut-sacks (Tojo and Hitler) were in a race to take over the World.
    Even though Churchill thought the mission would fail, somebody had to step up.
    Many current leaders of nations were not alive, never knew the horror, and still don't get it.
    If somebody would have woke Hitler up, he would have released the Panzers and D-Day might have had a different ending.

    The tanks were sitting there, not to be released unless Hitler himself ordered them released. Nobody wanted to wake Der Fuhrer up.

    Soldiers have said that if the Germans had the tanks while they were still on the beaches, they probably would have been pushed back to the ocean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    Nobody wanted to wake Der Fuhrer up.
    He was such a hot-head, I wouldn't do it either -- you saw how he reacted when DW took over marketing for Gretsch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    He was such a hot-head, I wouldn't do it either -- you saw how he reacted when DW took over marketing for Gretsch.

    Yeah, he was really pi$$ed.
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    Thank you Rick for this very special post and tribute to those who gave their lives.
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    They deserve every honor, they won't be around much longer.
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    Don't forget the other Nationalities as well......................
    The Varukers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevaruka View Post
    Don't forget the other Nationalities as well......................
    British and Canadian soldiers are the only other 1's that hit the beaches on D-Day.
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