The Longest Day: D-Day, June 6, 1944

[June 6, 2019] Most of the people alive today in the world were born after the year 1995. To them, the Longest Day, D-Day, must seem like ancient history. Arguably the most important date of the 20th Century for all living people, most folks don’t even understand its direct impact on their lives and the freedoms they enjoy.

Today, around the world, leaders at every level are recognizing the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. There will be exceptions. The distant past is perhaps why French President Emmanuel Macron1 had planned on not attending anniversary events; despite this likely the last major D-Day event while those WWII veterans are still alive.

Everyone knew the invasion of northern France was imminent. The Allies were prepared to push the Germans out of France and destroy the Nazi war machine. Germany knew it. The world knew it. The question was, would it succeed and what would be the cost. In 1944, the only question was when would the invasion occur and where.

“The first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive … for the Allies as well as Germany, it will be the longest day.” – German General Erwin Rommel

Day one of the invasion would be decisive. That is why German General Rommel positioned his fortifications and quick-reaction forces; to throw back any invasion. The cost in men and material would be great. It would be the longest day. For the Allies, there was no Plan B.

My respect goes out to all those involved in the Allied invasion of France on this date, June 6, 1944.

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  1. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/30/macron-condemned-snubbing-juno-beach-d-day-anniversary-ceremony/
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28 thoughts on “The Longest Day: D-Day, June 6, 1944

  1. Scotty Bush

    Like Gen. Satterfield wrote a few days ago, “Don’t Screw Up” and in this case, don’t screw up by not thanking a veteran today, especially a WWII vet.

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  2. Mr. T.J. Asper

    We have several special events at our High School to commemorate D-Day. Fortunately, our admin folks are not crazy like too many you find in schools these days. But it takes people standing up to leftism/socialism/communism/etc to make this work.

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    1. Willie Shrumburger

      When you find a hating leftist, give them love.

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    2. Kenny Foster

      Thank you for helping keep the memories of greatness and goodness alive and well.

      Reply
  3. Jonathan B.

    Thank a vet today, any vet. Just a simple ‘thanks’ does a lot.

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    1. Shawn C. Stolarz

      Buy them lunch if you can. The WW2 veterans will not be around much longer. At least talk to them.

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    2. Andrew Dooley

      Veterans are much easier to spot these days. Many wear some version of a veteran’s hat. Thank them for their service and say it like you mean it. 🙂

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      1. Forrest Gump

        If you don’t, then you’re more stupid than Forrest Gump.
        Oh …..

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  4. Xerxes I

    Probably the greatest day in the history of modern civilizations in fighting evil.

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  5. José Luis Rodriguez

    My grandfather was part of the invasion force as a sailor and got to send a few big explosive shells into the German fortifications that day. I would sit with him for hours listening to his war stories of WWII.

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    1. Greg Heyman

      Jose, you were fortunate to have such an honored family. It could have been like, Gen. Patton said, “shoveling shit in Louisiana.” Either you are part of the D-Day invasion or shoveling shit. Which would you prefer? I think many today would choose the latter.

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  6. Ronny Fisher

    For some reason I’m not seeing much on TV about D-Day.

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    1. Tomas C. Clooney

      I saw a lot more than I thought would be available. There are also a few documentaries.

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  7. Eddie Ray Anderson, Jr.

    I said it yesterday and will say it again, I didn’t read about any harrassed lesbians on the beaches of Normandy. The snowflakes of the world are idiots. For some reason, in good times, men are weak. In bad times, men are strong. Good times help make men weak which produces bad times.

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  8. Tracey Brockman

    As I sit here in my chair and reading Gen. Satterfield’s blog, I think back over my military service and see how insignificant it was compared to those who stormed the beaches of northern France 75 years ago today. My full admiration and thanks go out to those men who were there that day.

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    1. Bryan Lee

      Bravery was required that day, 75 years ago. But war requires more, it requires the support of the people and that is what was behind the men who fought on the shores of France and throughout the entire war.

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    2. The Kid 1945

      Yes, the German war machine and fascism were evil. So was the Empire of Japan. So was the fascist party in Italy and their axis allies. Continue, please, exposing evil wherever it exists!!!
      🙂

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  9. Drew Dill

    Excellent articles yesterday and today on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day … truly the longest day.
    More than 4,000 soldiers died that day alone. And D-Day was only the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

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    1. Lynn Pitts

      Great comment. Also, let’s not forget that the war against Japan was just as difficult.

      Reply
  10. Max Foster

    Sad how many politicians and those who try to tear down America and the West are using this day to continue their evil. Here’s the latest example: “How Trump will ruin the 75th anniversary of D-Day” from the Washington Post author Paul Waldman, an anti-American and hater of all that is good.

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    1. Georgie M.

      Thank you Max for pointing out, by name, those who are evil and use their bully pulpit to continue to push hate and divisiveness. The Washington Post is only one, but there are plenty of national leaders like France’s president who do the same.

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    2. Jonnie the Bart

      This is all too common. Only by people who consider themselves superior to us (uh, just like the Aryan race idea of Hitler). Those who trash the West are the same who would usher in, gladly, a totalitarian govt. Just ask Paul Waldman, the disgrace of journalism. He is better than all of us … in his mind.

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      1. JT Patterson

        Yes, continue to shine a bright light on these people and thanks for not printing a link to the article (which helps drive traffic to the site).

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    3. Eva Easterbrook

      For US Pres Trump or not, today is not about taking a shot at Western leaders who are recognizing properly the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Those who fail to see the lessons of WW2 are bound to repeat it.

      Reply

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