Friday, June 06, 2014

D-Day Plus 70

Seventy years ago today, the world saw the largest invasion in human history, as the Allied troops crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy in France. Despite heavy resistance from a surprised and well-equipped German stronghold, it was the beginning of the end of the German plans for world domination. If a medium such as Twitter had existed then, the events would be followed live here, including the actual CBC radio broadcasts: @CBCDDayLive

One of the most influential men in the life of this writer, an expatriated Jew from Vienna who joined the British Commandos and served with great distinction, was there on the beach, and survived to tell the tale. My own account of knowing him, and the impression he made on my life, can be found in the account entitled “My Art Director, The Inglourious Basterd.”

Meanwhile, to see how the scene above, and so many others in the vicinity, appear today, click here.

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