Wednesday, June 6, 2018

D-Day & More...

Today, I'll be discussing something here on Life with Lynnie (LwL). 

It's not something happening, now.  It's something that happened in the past.

It was something that happened on June 6, 1944.

It was the beginning of the Normandy Invasion, during WW2.

Here is a link from entitled, June 6, 1944: D-Day  Did you click on the link done by Canadian Battlefields Foundation?

Hopefully, you did.  If so, you will have read about how the Allied Forces unleashed a powerful invasion at the French Coast, at Normandy, France.

Here is a link regarding the Normandy landings

In case you weren't able to click on that link, I decided to share with you some of what was stated (I copied/pasted):

The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal and the operation had to be delayed 24 hours; a further postponement would have meant a delay of at least two weeks as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days each month were deemed suitable. Adolf Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach-clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled, using specialised tanks.

The Allies failed to achieve any of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five beachheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.

Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area now host many visitors each year.

Why is this important to me?

My dad, and some of my uncles and other people that I've met in the past, participated in the Normandy Invasion.

Yes, the Canadians landed at Juno Beach.  Here's a link to check it out:

Have you been there?  I have. 

I've even been to the Juno Beach Centre.  It's a museum that will be closed on June 5th and 6th, 2019, due to the ceremonies for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.  So, you may want to check it out sooner, or later.  Here's a link to check out the museum:

When I was in Normandy, France a few times, I didn't just see where the Canadian Army had landed.  Here's a link for you to check it out:

I also saw other places where American Army and British Army landed.

In addition, I also went and saw where the Canadian soldiers were buried, when killed while participating in the Normandy Invasion.  I also saw other cemeteries where other soldiers were buried.

Yes, many people died. 

Allied soldiers died.  And, German soldiers died.

Even though I am grateful that God helped the Allied Forces to do all they could to help end WW2, to me it is heartbreaking to not just see so many gravesites. 

I must admit that it was also heartbreaking to me, when a German lady... who is a family member of my friends who I had visited with in Germany, asked me if my dad had died during the WW2.  I had let her know that my dad had not died, then.  But, she let me know her dad had died during WW2.  This meant that this lady's dad had participated in the German Army. 

To be honest, I almost cried, then.  It made me so sad to hear of the loss of her dad.  Especially, since each and every member of their family, are... Christian.

War isn't easy.  But, God is good.

After praying a lot, God helped me realize that even some of the German soldiers may have not been supportive of what the Nazi... Adolf Hitler was having them do, during WW2.

God also helped me recall that I had read in the Bible... Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"

And... Ecclesiastes 3:8, " A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

Amen!  There was a time of war.  A time of hate.  But now, there is a better time of peace.  And, a time of love.

Yes, I love that German family.  Plus, I love families of my own and of other people who participated in the Allied Forces, during WW2.

And, I pray for each and every one of us, who are family members of all who participated in WW2.

May God bless each and everyone who prays... loves... and is Christian.

Until next time...

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