Skip to comments.Sixty-Nine Years Ago
Posted on 06/06/2013 1:53:56 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler
12:30 a.m., June 6, 1944...
Newsman Robert Trout; short bulletins of sightings of naval vessels off the coast of France; paratroopers spilling all over the interior.
For the first couple of hours, these reports were discounted as Nazi propaganda.
Suddenly, "We take you to London..." (Via shortwave radio)
I believe this is some of the most dramatic audio I ever heard.
Kudos to the heroes of that generation, and those on the homefront too.
Do you think we could mount such an offensive today? I doubt that as a nation we would have the will to undertake such a massive endeavor.
I am willing to wait one year for proper sentencing of one Bradley Manning.
Great graphic...may it be spread far and wide. FUBO.
Not many Freepers remember D-Day but I do. We'd lived up on Portland Street above Bolling Army Air Corps base at the time. Tens of thousands of airmen, pilots and support personnel had been brought through there to receive an encouraging message from he Commander in Chief himself, or the Secretary of War, or any number of top generals. They would then board airplanes and fly to England where they would continue preparing for D-Day.
The flat lands surrounding DC became holy ground as all the planes in the fleet were assembled and given a final check before flying that distance. Many thousands of them were towed by oher planes!
That incessant racket lasted from the time I was born until well after D-Day ~ and the folks on Portland street knew they lived in a very special place. I did myself. Those are my memories of being a baby.
There are some others ~ the first words I can recall my mother saying as she held me outside to watch at sundown are "your daddy's coming home ~ there's his plane!" and he'd waggle the wings, and the plane would roar over our apartment, and within minutes he would, in fact, be home.
Oh, and my dad's plane had a slipstick for "PRESIDENT" so if FDR ever took a military flight he'd been on that one ~ pressurized with a finished interior ~ for a while the finest plane in the Air Corps ~ all that other stuff was built after that plane. America started from ground zero and built up ~ and met the challenge. I was there. I saw that happen.
Thanks for the Post. I have seen virtually nothing about this date in history on any of the TV Stations or newspapers. How quick we forget.
I always tell my students of this vital day in U.S. History. Hope it sinks in.
I fart in his specific direction.
I highly doubt this nation would be willing or able to launch such an operation even to liberate occupied American soil, much less that of another country.
The America as we knew her has died.
Thanks!! Love hearing those old broadcasts!
The Lyin’ King also ignores Pearl Harbor Day, even though he was allegedly BORN there on that very island 20 years later.
NOBODY on Oahu “Ignores” pearl Harbor. It is part of their collective memory and heritage.
Sorry...should have capitalized the “P” in “Pearl”.
I listen to the “Broadcast Day” quite often. It’s on my iPod, and I drive long distances.
I try to imagine what people thought as they woke up to the news that their husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, and friends were involved in vicious combat against a brutal enemy.
My Grandfather was a waist gunner on a B-17, his brother was a Colonel in the 82nd Airborne. I never met either. Too bad... I’m sure they had some incredible stories to tell.