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Saturday, June 06, 2009

June 6th, 1944


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Canada at War

Matthew Halton reports from the front

From the Globe:

Douglas MacDonald was a few months shy of his 21st birthday when he first caught sight of France from the deck of a warship off the coast of Normandy.

From the Sun:

Stanley Fields knew a large-scale Allied military operation was planned -- but he could not fathom the enormity of the co-ordinated plot unfolding on land, sea and sky as he landed on Juno Beach at 7:30 a.m. on June 6, 1944.

"It was very scary, with all the blasting going on and shells coming at you, the machine gun fire. We went like hell and once we hit the beach as far as we could go in, then we got all together with our companies and made a big push in," he said.

Six of his comrades were killed before they made it off the boat. Another 17 were wounded. Fields, a 90-year-old Ottawa resident, considers himself one of the lucky ones.

From the Telegraph:

"Did it happen?" asks Ken Scott, surveying the flat, seaweed-strewn expanse of sand that is Gold Beach. "So tranquil now, so peaceful. Look at that sea. Beautiful!"
The beach is empty, save for a mother and daughter sitting under the beating sun. Holiday villas look down on to the sand, still shuttered; not yet ready for summer. To the west, the coast of Normandy falls away into the haze.

A Thank You To My Father

At this point, the Canadians were facing Kurt Meyer's 12th SS Panzer Division, made of up fanatical Hitler Youth volunteers. After they surrendered, the Canadian troops were marched to the Abbe of the Ardennes, where after interrogation, the Germans began the execution of their prisoners. Twenty-seven of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles met this fate until an officer from the regular German Army put a stop to it.

Fortunate to survive the executions, Godon had other trials ahead of him. The prisoners were put on trucks moving east, marched 22 days with hardly any food, and put in boxcars for a near month-long journey where they were given a slice of bread and water once a day, and forced to use a bucket as a toilet for 42 men.

Capra D-Day Eisenhower D-Day

Posted by Richard Anderson on June 6, 2009 | Permalink


Thanks Publius. I think its great that you thought to remind us of the sacrifices made by our friends and relatives to preserve freedom and fight fascism and tyranny. God Bless them all.
Now if we could just get the electorate to recognize the symptoms of those same evils in our own governments today...

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-06 7:12:57 AM

I think that the veterans who fought on D-Day and in other battles and wars would be pleased to see that people today live far better than previous generations. Modern government is far from perfect but they are doing a much better job by being actively involved in society than before. Look at Germany: putting their resources into social services instead of war has turned them from aggressor into ally and friend. Moreover, the example of WWII helped to end colonialism, Apartheid and Jim Crow. We of today owe our prosperity and freedom to these vets. Lest we forget.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-06 8:07:10 AM

great post. good tribute

Posted by: GeronL | 2009-06-06 11:09:16 AM

A childhood friend's dad was first out of a landing craft, before it was hit by a shell, and all aboard killed. Another neighbour was second man out of the first plane of the airbourne assault, behind the lines. One cousin was frontline infantry, and another was a merchant marine, out of Halifax, who was sunk twice.

My dad wasn't drafted, because of his family situation, but I certainly had my fill of war stories. They were very special people, the likes of which we may never see again.

I've worked for two WW2 vets, including my first boss. They were not to be taken lightly. I attended my last bosses funeral a couple of years ago. He worked 'til he dropped, and left his family very well off. For the last few years, I made a point of calling him on Remembrance Day. I took the time to stop in to his office, just a week before he passed away. He had softened since I worked for him, but never completely lost that edge.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-06 12:12:21 PM

My grandfather was a tank Gunner from Cape Breton with the 2nd Armored Brigade, which formed the armored vanguard on Juno Beach. he was 20-21 at the time.

My uncle fought for the first American (I believe) division at Omaha

Posted by: Jack Dreaddy | 2009-06-06 2:50:54 PM

Being a citizen of both Canada and the US...I've lost some folks too, in two armies and in two navies. Many of us did. Now why aren't we honoring their sacrifices by holding Liberty a little more dear?

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-06 3:02:58 PM

My uncle, who was an RAF Hawker Hurricane pilot, was one of many pilots who provided air cover during D-Day. What he told me about that day's events are indescribable. I know several families that had men killed that day and everyone of them will tell you it was an operation that had to be done. We owe our freedom to them.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-06 4:23:37 PM

D-Day, once Europeans are displaced by mass immigration of non-Europeans, both in the diaspora and in their homelands, will come to signify the greatest day of treachery in the history of the European people.

Posted by: DJ | 2009-06-06 11:36:01 PM

I knew DJ's comment would be racist. If it isn't racial collectivism, it's naked love of U.S. federal government might.

I wonder if DJ and dp have hot, sticky, heterosexual, white-pride, cultural conservative man sex together...

Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2009-06-07 6:34:33 AM

Bobby- You are looking for a severe beating. I want that comment removed. Not now, right fucking now.

You are nothing but a fucking left-wing faggot, who will get taken down, and pounded into mush, if I ever find you.

This thread was supposed to be a tribute to Canadian heroes, and you dirtied it with a junior high school remark, that you don't have a prayer of backing up, physically. YOU ARE GARBAGE.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-07 7:48:52 AM

The face of a true fudge-packer.


You have atarted something you will regret.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-07 7:59:44 AM

The face of a true fudgepacker.
Posted by: dp | 2009-06-07 7:59:44 AM


Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-07 10:10:11 AM

That poor man. He's not me.

Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2009-06-07 10:24:58 AM

Seymour, if you cannot comment on the subject of a post without resorting to childish insults and name-calling, then it is better you leave comments to others. You have not only degraded people who commented but the very memory of those who sacrificed their lives so that even you can live in freedom.

Posted by: Alain | 2009-06-07 10:40:48 AM

Robert Seymour ~ You go well beyond the bounds of civility and tolerance. You should be ashamed of yourself. (dp, don't play into this kind of crap)

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-07 10:59:30 AM

Stig and dp...you've posted sites showing two different Robert Seymour's...careful, careful...

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-07 11:01:43 AM

Of course, you're right JC. I've always been compulsive. I had a vision of what would actually happen to Bobby, if I met him. Pretty vivid.

A hand fake, a couple of shots to the body(not too hard). His flacid arms would make a pathetic attempt to push me away. That's when the fists crash into his ears, his head ducks, and the nose becomes something his family won't recognize. The amount of blood will surprise even me. The combination of high blood pressure, and poor conditioning will make it much worse.

Now I feel better.

By the way, same guy as Stig found.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-07 11:41:32 AM

Of course, you're right JC.
Posted by: dp | 2009-06-07 11:41:32 AM

We've all done it. :)

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-07 1:04:31 PM

The Allies won on the battlefield -- if you can call losing a good chunk of one generation's best and brightest "winning" -- but the Axis won the war of ideas.

Today -- minus the cascading genocides -- Canadian society and government is precisely what Hitler had on offer for Germany and the world.

There is nothing to celebrate in June 6th, 1944.

Canada ought to have stayed out of WW2, instead of being sucked into the second installment of a mindless colonial upheaval in Europe.

We ought to have let Germany and Russia fight it out to the death and have opened our doors to the refugees that we denied. We would have then been in a position to pre-empt the Final Solution, pick up the pieces, avoid the slaughter of my grandparents' generation, and not turn our country into a fuzzy fascist paradise.

Posted by: JC | 2009-06-07 2:49:39 PM

Guys like Seymour cannot take away anything from the true hearts of the Vets who beat the crap out of the German war machine-& at such a terrible price- all for that abstract value " freedom " we toy with here .

And to their enduring credit for all time to follow- our Vets' generation welcomed their vanquished enemies into the post war team of building a world of peace & plenty..Considering how the world in 2009 _could_ have turned out had the Axis prevailed on the 1940s--

That frame of mind was a huge task to defeat. Thank God our guys took them on and fought them hard to the very end

Nobody will ever try to grab the world knowing something like
D Day will rise up against them and take them down.

if you judge by results - D Day was a Thundering success for all people forever

Posted by: 419 | 2009-06-07 5:44:58 PM

JC's comment above shows what drugs do to people. It should be a warning to all.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-07 5:54:50 PM

We ought to have let Germany and Russia fight it out to the death
Posted by: JC | 2009-06-07 2:49:39 PM

Gen. Patton might have agreed, but that's not what happened. And what did happen was a valiant and successful effort on the part of those involved. And in this thread we honor that memory.

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-07 6:28:42 PM

Wasn't destroying fascism good enough? The West could not have done that without help from the Soviet Union. The Russians may have had their fair share of shortcomings, as did other countries (US and Jim Crow, British and India, French in Africa, Canada and every non-WASP minority, Australia and the Aborigines, New Zealand and the Maori, South Africa and its African majority), but the ultimate justice was the destruction of one of the world's worst ideologies. Thank God the right people won.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-07 7:45:50 PM

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