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This evening brave young men were preparing for the greatest amphibious assault in the history of mankind, the stakes...the free world. They are few these days, if your lucky enough to meet one, shake his hand and give him a word of thanks...May God Bless them

 

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground.

Our Home Fronts have given us an superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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George got there a little late, day 5, but then again he had already been to Tunisia, an Sicily! guess Berlin was next! BIG RED ONE. I do miss him!LastScan-1_zpsac6dbba8.jpg

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“Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I’d shoot a snake!”
- General George Patton Jr
(addressing his troops before Operation Overlord, June 5, 1944)

 

 

And the classic:

“No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”
- Attributed to General George Patton Jr
(from “A Genius for War” by Carlo d’Este)

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Yep, and it wasn't just "serve 6-12 months and go back home". It was "serve til the war's over". Not taking anything away from those who served in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan (which includes me) but the mindset of that generation and of our government then was "let's kick ass and end this thing". So, much different than today.

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I heard this recently:

 

Comment: "America's at war".

Reply: "No, the military's at war. America's at the mall."

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Yep, and it wasn't just "serve 6-12 months and go back home". It was "serve til the war's over". Not taking anything away from those who served in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan (which includes me) but the mindset of that generation and of our government then was "let's kick ass and end this thing". So, much different than today.

Maybe that is why they have been called the greatest generation ever.

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I heard this recently:

 

Comment: "America's at war".

Reply: "No, the military's at war. America's at the mall."

Very true.

 

Maybe that is why they have been called the greatest generation ever.

That's also true, however, that's also the generation that has created the liberal mainstream media. So, like all generations, some of them I like, some I don't.

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