November 12th, 2018
D-Day Normandy 1944
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Join Date: 09/19/2007 | Posts: 3689

D-Day Normandy June 6th 1944

Omaha Beach 06:00 Hours

The sea rocks back and forth in endless undulation as 7 Higgins boats ride the tide steadily onwards. Able Company is to be the first wave to arrive at the beach, their objective is simple...

Secure a beachhead some five miles deep, between Port-en-Bessin and the Vire River, linking up with the British at Gold Beach, and reaching the area of Isigny to link up with VII Corps landing at Utah Beach.

Standing in one of those boats is Private First Class Leo J. Nash. He's nervous and anxious as is the rest of the men in his battalion.

As he looks around, he sees only quiet faces, the only sound is the engine moving the boat forward and the waves crashing against the bow.

Suddenly to his left, the private next to him can't hold his stomach any longer and vomits over the side of the ship. The seasickness is getting the better of some of them.

At five thousand yards out, the boats start coming under artillery fire. They fall short.

The fear begins to creep from the pit of Nash's stomach and spread through his body like a web. They are moving closer and closer to striking distance of the shells...

One thousand yards out...

Boat No. 5 takes a direct hit. It sinks.

6 men drown before help can arrive, the rest paddle around until they are picked up by a naval craft.

One hundred yards out...

Boat No. 3 takes a hit to the front. 2 men die instantly, another 12 drown as the boat gets swallowed by the water.

At exactly 6:36 AM, ramps are dropped and the men jump into the water, anywhere from waist deep to higher than their head.

This is the moment the Germans have been waiting for...

In an instant machine gun fire from both ends of the beach sweep across and slice across the infantry line. MG-42's firing at 1500 rounds per minute rain bullets into the sand, water and flesh of American soldiers. There is not a cover in sight, the only option for the soldiers is to lie into the sand and risk being pulled away by the violent tide. The other option is certain death.

Nash is one of the lucky ones. As he jumps into the water, he falls deep above his head, thereby avoiding being a target. However, he faces another problem. The gear he is carrying is weighing him down and dragging him to the depth below. His only option is to abandon his gear in order to rise to the surface.

Already panicked and fearing for his life, he desperately releases his equipment and swims towards the surface. Upon breaking the water, he gasps for air only to be greeted by bullets whizzing past his head.

He swims toward the beach praying that he isn't hit by the endless barrage of artillery and gunfire above him...

Lieutenant Tidrick, Nash's commanding officer, jumps from Boat No. 2 but takes a bullet through the throat as he does so. He falls 10 ft. from Nash, who has burrowed himself into the sand.

Nash watches as blood spurts from Tidrick's throat and hearing him utter his final command, "Advance with the wirecutters!"

However, it is futile. Nash has no wirecutters and is the only one within earshot.

For a brief moment, Tidrick raises himself to give the order making him a target in an instant.

Nash watches as machine gun bullets rip apart Tidrick's body from head to torso.

There is nothing he can do except wait in his current position unless he wants to meet the same fate...

5000 American soldiers gave their lives that day, most within the first few hours.

60 million people died in total as a result of that war.  Most were civilians.

So why did I write this?

It began to dawn on me recently just how lucky I am, how lucky all of us are, to have missed being born in an era of tribalistic attitude run rampant.  We literally missed it by 2 or 3 generations.  That's a blink of an eye in the course of human history.

Think about it.  The problems, fears and issues we have in this day and age are largely pyschological.  These soldiers dealt with death at any given moment on that battlefield.  They had real problems.

They gave their lives heroically, sacrificed themselves so future generations could be free of tyranny and oppression.

They displayed strength, courage and triumphed over improbable odds.

All so 60 years later, you could be in the club, staring at a tall gorgeous blonde, afraid to approach her because she might hurt your ego.

You think your fears and insecurities are valid?  Your problems will never EVER rival those of the Jews in the 1940's.

You disgrace your humanity and all those that have died before you by concerning yourself with petty insecurities.  Why?

Because your stronger than this.  Stronger than you could possibly comprehend.

Your a man.  You were born with a strength, courage and fortitude that could scale mountains.

So next time you are in the club, afraid to go talk to a woman, ask yourself this,"Would I rather be here about to approach a cute girl or staring down the barrel of a machine gun on the beaches of Normandy?"
                   Such game.
Much improve.
                              So amaze.
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Join Date: 06/22/2009 | Posts: 7

All composite things
Are like a dream, a fantasy, a bubble, and a shadow
Are like a dewdrop and a flash of lightning
They are thus to be regarded.
- Buddha

Normandy  is a good thing to think back to for success in anything in life. e.g. sales/cold calling, getting in shape. Both in comparison to the actual event, how most of today's problems don't measure up. Also, in trying to drum up the attitude of those men charging into the bullets. They crossed over some line of integrity when making that decision, abandoning themselves, focusing on a higher purpose. In a way the choice was easy: die facing the enemy in glory, or die with your back turned in disgrace.
Libertas (Latin for Liberty) was the Roman goddess and embodiment of liberty.

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Join Date: 06/13/2008 | Posts: 41

I was at  Omaha beach last month on a European vacation, I have some pictures if requested.
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