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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today 08:22 - Jun 6 with 2651 viewstheloneranger

74 years ago today, tens of thousands of British, American, Canadian, European and other Commonwealth troops were undertaking the greatest military operation the world had ever seen.

For many, it would prove to be their last day...!!

Lest we forget.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 09:10 - Jun 6 with 1245 viewsmoonie

Amen to that .many will be unaware
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 09:44 - Jun 6 with 1221 viewsdickythorpe

Bless them all. And thank you.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 09:51 - Jun 6 with 1214 viewsjackal

Fantastic courage shown by these heroes.

Should never be forgotten.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 10:17 - Jun 6 with 1191 viewsLohengrin

1st Bn Welsh Guards pushing inland.



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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 13:55 - Jun 6 with 1122 viewsTreforys_Jack

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 10:17 - Jun 6 by Lohengrin

1st Bn Welsh Guards pushing inland.




Spent a week touring the area recently, very moving.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:05 - Jun 6 with 1112 viewsmoonie

Whilst our cousins in Ireland stayed neutral .Anyway.

Loh...re Irish Guards.

Are these mainly or solely from the ranks of Protestant Ulstermen willing to serve HM .

Can't imagine why anyone from the nascent Irish republic would want to serve with those who fought to maintain the SIx Counties union with UK
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:06 - Jun 6 with 1110 viewsLord_Bony

Absolutely smashed the Axis forces after D Day, they never recovered from it.

Especially the slaughter of the Malaise Pocket.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:19 - Jun 6 with 1099 viewsHumpty

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:05 - Jun 6 by moonie

Whilst our cousins in Ireland stayed neutral .Anyway.

Loh...re Irish Guards.

Are these mainly or solely from the ranks of Protestant Ulstermen willing to serve HM .

Can't imagine why anyone from the nascent Irish republic would want to serve with those who fought to maintain the SIx Counties union with UK


This thread is about honouring the men who fought on D-Day.

And you use it as an opportunity to continue your anti Irish diatribe. Nice.

BTW about 50-60,000 men from the Republic volunteered to serve in the British forces during WW2.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:19 - Jun 6 with 1098 viewsHumpty

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:06 - Jun 6 by Lord_Bony

Absolutely smashed the Axis forces after D Day, they never recovered from it.

Especially the slaughter of the Malaise Pocket.


Falaise.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:21 - Jun 6 with 1094 viewsLord_Bony

Well done Hump. That m slipped through ta.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:32 - Jun 6 with 1072 viewsDarran

God bless them all.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 15:01 - Jun 6 with 1062 viewsBrynCartwright

Balls of steel the lot of them. Huge courage and determination. The opening scene from Saving Private Ryan just demonstrates the difficulty of the task faced by these awesome fellows.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 15:52 - Jun 6 with 1028 viewsjackal

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 15:01 - Jun 6 by BrynCartwright

Balls of steel the lot of them. Huge courage and determination. The opening scene from Saving Private Ryan just demonstrates the difficulty of the task faced by these awesome fellows.


Apparently DDay vets have stated that it was exactly the way it was portrayed in Saving Private Ryan.

Must have been horrific.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 16:27 - Jun 6 with 1013 viewsLohengrin

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 14:05 - Jun 6 by moonie

Whilst our cousins in Ireland stayed neutral .Anyway.

Loh...re Irish Guards.

Are these mainly or solely from the ranks of Protestant Ulstermen willing to serve HM .

Can't imagine why anyone from the nascent Irish republic would want to serve with those who fought to maintain the SIx Counties union with UK


From all over really, Perch. Lots of Scousers, Londoners, Brummies, Glaswegians etc.. mostly of Irish extract. There are Ulstermen in there obviously, though the RIR is the Ulster regiment really speaking. There are always a few from southern Ireland with family connections to the Brigade who join and nowadays a sprinkling of South Sea Islanders too.

There’s no religious dimension either. Both Catholics and Protestants abound and rub along quite happily. Decent sporting battalion too in my day.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 16:36 - Jun 6 with 1004 viewswestwalesed

I've often wondered if, hypothetically a similar situation was required today, how many young men do you think would sign up? Does the country have anything like the moral courage to undertake such an operation? History is littered with stories of Empires and Nations which have become wealthy, lethargic, complacent and devoid of the fortitude to defend themselves.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 17:17 - Jun 6 with 969 viewsTreforys_Jack

Just come back from the Ardennes region and my god those civilians suffered unimaginable hardships, especially during the battle of the bulge. If anyone fancies something different get out there for a few days, gives you a totally different perspective on life. Normandy, Flanders the Somme wherever , all hugely moving and not enough time to see all you feel you should. If you don't get moved to tears when faced with thousands upon thousands of white portland headstones in perfectly kept cemeteries you've got no soul.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 17:21 - Jun 6 with 964 viewsLohengrin

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 17:17 - Jun 6 by Treforys_Jack

Just come back from the Ardennes region and my god those civilians suffered unimaginable hardships, especially during the battle of the bulge. If anyone fancies something different get out there for a few days, gives you a totally different perspective on life. Normandy, Flanders the Somme wherever , all hugely moving and not enough time to see all you feel you should. If you don't get moved to tears when faced with thousands upon thousands of white portland headstones in perfectly kept cemeteries you've got no soul.


You’re a good man.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 17:56 - Jun 6 with 928 viewsjack2jack

Words are simply not enough.
Rest In Peace.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 18:17 - Jun 6 with 905 viewsFlashberryjack

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 16:36 - Jun 6 by westwalesed

I've often wondered if, hypothetically a similar situation was required today, how many young men do you think would sign up? Does the country have anything like the moral courage to undertake such an operation? History is littered with stories of Empires and Nations which have become wealthy, lethargic, complacent and devoid of the fortitude to defend themselves.


If the youth of today were around at the time of D day, we would be ruled by the Germans now......
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I wish I had a mate like Neath_Jack.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 19:21 - Jun 6 with 861 viewstheloneranger

........ "A SOLDIER'S FINAL TALE"......!!

The soldier stood and faced God.....
Which must always come to pass.....
He hoped his shoes were shining...
Just as brightly as his brass....

"Step forward now...you soldier...
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?"....

The soldier squared his shoulders and said...
"No... Lord... I guess I haven't....
Because those of us who carry guns...
Can't always be a saint....

I've had to work most Sundays...
And at times my talk was tough....
And sometimes I've been violent....
Because the world is awfully rough....

But.... I never took a penny...
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of time...
and the bills got just too steep....

And I never passed a cry for help...
Though at times I shook with fear...
And sometimes...God.. forgive me....
I've wept unmanly tears.....

I know I don't deserve a place...
Among the people here.....
They never wanted me around....
Except to calm their fears....

If you've a place for me here... Lord...
It needn't be so grand....
I never expected or had too much....
But if you don't....I'll understand"....

There was a silence all around the throne...
Where the saints had often trod....
As the soldier waited quietly....
For the judgment of his God....

"Step forward now.... you soldier...
You've borne your burdens well.....
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets....
You've done your time in Hell".......!!

"AMEN".......!!

Author Unknown~
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 19:23 - Jun 6 with 853 viewsbonymine

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 13:55 - Jun 6 by Treforys_Jack

Spent a week touring the area recently, very moving.


I quite fancy doing that mate who did you book it through ?

Cheers 👍

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 19:25 - Jun 6 with 850 viewsbonymine

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 17:17 - Jun 6 by Treforys_Jack

Just come back from the Ardennes region and my god those civilians suffered unimaginable hardships, especially during the battle of the bulge. If anyone fancies something different get out there for a few days, gives you a totally different perspective on life. Normandy, Flanders the Somme wherever , all hugely moving and not enough time to see all you feel you should. If you don't get moved to tears when faced with thousands upon thousands of white portland headstones in perfectly kept cemeteries you've got no soul.


That made me get goosebumps Jamesy amazing words unbelievable mate.

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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 20:00 - Jun 6 with 809 viewsmoonie

Thanks Loh.


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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 20:15 - Jun 6 with 783 viewsTreforys_Jack

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 19:23 - Jun 6 by bonymine

I quite fancy doing that mate who did you book it through ?

Cheers 👍


Sent u a pm mate , difficult to put it all in a message, maybe go for a pint or the golf day.
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D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 20:28 - Jun 6 with 766 viewsbonymine

D Day ... 74 Years Ago Today on 20:15 - Jun 6 by Treforys_Jack

Sent u a pm mate , difficult to put it all in a message, maybe go for a pint or the golf day.


Sounds good mate yes be good to have a beer & catch up 👍

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