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Haunting reminder of millions of lost in war as artists stencil 9,000 bodies onto Normandy beach
London Daily Mail ^ | 9-23-13 | AARON SHARP

Posted on 09/25/2013 12:36:35 PM PDT by Pharmboy

British led project covered the famous coastline in poignant silhouettes A team of 500 artists and volunteers contributed the moving installation The 'fallen' were left to be washed away by the tide at the end of the day

A pair of British artists have created this stunning installation of 9,000 silhouettes on a D-Day Landings beach to mark international Peace Day.

The project, named, 'The Fallen' is a tribute to the civilians, German forces and Allies who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944. The design was the brainchild of Jamie Wardley, 33, and Andy Moss, 50.

Together with a team of volunteers the pair travelled to Arromanches beach, Normandy, to create the silhouettes, which were individually drawn into the sand.


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TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: dday; normandy; normandybeach; wwii
Wow.

Full Headline: Haunting reminder of millions of lives lost in war as artists stencil 9,000 bodies onto Normandy beach to mark Peace Day

1 posted on 09/25/2013 12:36:35 PM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
The project, named, 'The Fallen' is a tribute to the civilians, German forces and Allies who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944.

Moral equivalence surfaces once again.

2 posted on 09/25/2013 12:42:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: Pharmboy
I look at all the silhouette's in this rendition and I get angry, very angry. I get angry at guys like Obama and Marxist Democrats and how they have taken all that bodily sacrifice for freedom and basically trashed it. It is obscene.

We were once a free people who valued personal liberty to the point that many gave their lives so that we would remain free, and Obama, Reid. Pelosi, and the Mrxist Democrats have since fought to re-enslave us and make government our master.

3 posted on 09/25/2013 12:42:59 PM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Pharmboy

The project, named, ‘The Fallen’ is a tribute to the civilians, German forces and Allies who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944. The design was the brainchild of Jamie Wardley, 33, and Andy Moss, 50.

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German Forces ?

These brain farts would likely honour the Islamofascists that flew planes into the World trade center.


4 posted on 09/25/2013 12:45:10 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: DoughtyOne
So the German (and Polish, Czech, and many others who were forced to man the defenses) lives lost don't matter? Nazi-ism was a great evil, but the majority of regular German troops weren't diehard Nazis, but soldiers trying to stay alive.

War is hell, and dead soldiers are all on the same side.

5 posted on 09/25/2013 12:49:51 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Zeneta

Please note, no FRENCH military casualties are commemorated.


6 posted on 09/25/2013 12:51:30 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Pharmboy

We can also keep in mind the over a million 2nd Lieutenants who died in the Soviet Forces fighting the Germans on the other side of Europe.

Total Soviet military deaths: 14.5 million. Additional Civilian deaths 35 million. Source: Soviet archives via Glantz.

Stalin sure picked the wrong guy for his alliance against Poland, and the various nations of the Soviet Union paid a heavy price for that.


7 posted on 09/25/2013 12:51:36 PM PDT by donmeaker (Youth is wasted on the young.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

The first machine gun that opened up on the US forces at Omaha beach was a Medium Browning, in 7.92 Mauser, captured from the Poles.

Once an eagle, struck by an arrow, recognized the feathers on its shaft were from himself. “Alas, we often give to our enemies the means with which to destroy us.”


8 posted on 09/25/2013 12:54:37 PM PDT by donmeaker (Youth is wasted on the young.)
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To: massgopguy

Not quite true.

32 French paratroopers dropped, and about 200 French troops came ashore at Sword Beach.

There were also three fighter squadrons, two bomber squadrons, and four French warships.


9 posted on 09/25/2013 12:58:17 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Sherman Logan

Anyone who saw The Longest Day would remember the Ouistreham battle scenes.


10 posted on 09/25/2013 1:01:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pharmboy

June 6, 1944 was Overlord, not Neptune.


11 posted on 09/25/2013 1:03:01 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: massgopguy

Sorry, the post above is regarding French participants in D-Day. No idea if any of them were casualties.


12 posted on 09/25/2013 1:03:21 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Yeah...I tend to agree with you. Many of the Wehrmacht were not Nazis...even a number of the Wehrmacht generals could not stand them. The hardcore went into the SS and other groups.


13 posted on 09/25/2013 1:03:21 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Ingtar

Yes...I did notice that, and then I thought perhaps the brits had their own designation. Thanks.


14 posted on 09/25/2013 1:04:32 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy
...even a number of the Wehrmacht generals could not stand them

Mainly one Erwin Rommel.

15 posted on 09/25/2013 1:05:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pharmboy

I guess Omaha beach, part of Operation Overlord, also had the name Operation Neptune.


16 posted on 09/25/2013 1:09:35 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Pharmboy

Oh, I found it. Neptune was the seaborne portion of the assault. Overlord was the landings.


17 posted on 09/25/2013 1:10:29 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

I’m not angry with you, but don’t come prattling at me about troops occupying a modern Western nation killing my fellow citizens and allies, as if they’re all part of our one big happy family. No they weren’t. Dead soldiers are not all on the same side. If they were, they wouldn’t be dead.

You don’t honor the aggressor troops, by lumping them in with the good men sent in to stop them, who sacrificed their lives.

Our own citizens and our own allies that died on Normandy beach, or at any other location deserve better than to be lumped in with those who died in the effort to kill them.

I may be the only guy that thinks along these lines, but that’s how I see it.


18 posted on 09/25/2013 1:17:23 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: Ingtar
June 6, 1944 was Overlord, not Neptune.

Inaccurate. Neptune was the landing segment of Overlord. Both took place on June 6.

19 posted on 09/25/2013 1:32:50 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Pharmboy

The most beautiful art evokes a truth that is deeper than the intellect alone can grasp.


20 posted on 09/25/2013 1:47:02 PM PDT by edwinland
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To: Pharmboy

Left to be washed away? As if they had so much free time to deal with the bodies before the tide came in.


21 posted on 09/25/2013 1:47:20 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: bgill

I believe that was a reference to the silhouettes created as part of this “tribute”, not the actual D-Day casualties.


22 posted on 09/25/2013 2:02:53 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Pharmboy

The results of electing another National Socialist Democrat and letting him and his party take total control.


23 posted on 09/25/2013 2:04:14 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: DoughtyOne

The twitter brained so called artists who are portraying the dead are not honoring anyone. They are politicizing dead soldiers in their vain effort to condemn war. One dead soldier is the same as another for them. There is no attempt with this grisly portrayal to acknowledge heroism, only to dissuade others from engaging in heroic histrionics.


24 posted on 09/25/2013 2:12:18 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

I agree.


25 posted on 09/25/2013 2:13:25 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: DoughtyOne

touché.


26 posted on 09/25/2013 2:21:39 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r

Thanks. I can empathize with enemy troops to a certain extent, but giving them equal status to troops who have to go in to stop them, is crossing a line I’m not willing to cross. I don’t think we should ever be expected to.

Should we give equal status to the terrorists of 09/11/01, simply because some of them died that day?

Hell no! IMO< that’s the exact sort of equation we’re being asked to buy into here. NO!


27 posted on 09/25/2013 3:00:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: DoughtyOne
Not the same equation at all -- uniformed enemy troops fighting under a formal declaration of war aren't the same as non-uniformed suicide bombers attacking citizens.

I wouldn't suggest honoring German troops (or any foreign troops for that matter, friend or foe) in any official sense or official ceremony (let the Germans do that if they choose) but from a human standpoint one has to acknowledge that their lives mattered to them and their families.

It seems like in this case, all dead soldiers are being exploited by hippies trying to make some kind of useless point.

28 posted on 09/25/2013 3:11:13 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
Not the same equation at all -- uniformed enemy troops fighting under a formal declaration of war aren't the same as non-uniformed suicide bombers attacking citizens.

If you wish to make that point here, I'll agree to it.  You've already undercut the arguement below though, so we'll be revisiting it in a moment.

I wouldn't suggest honoring German troops (or any foreign troops for that matter, friend or foe) in any official sense or official ceremony (let the Germans do that if they choose) but from a human standpoint one has to acknowledge that their lives mattered to them and their families.

Well, here we are, revisiting it.  Are you saying that just because a suicide bomber is willing to lay down his life for his cause, their lives don't matter to them?  The lives of our members of the military matter to them, but they agree to risk their lives in defense of their righteous cause.  The suicide bomber sees it differently, but they are also making a sacrifice.  Their families also mourn for them.  Our families are thankful their family member died in what is a dignified defense of our nation.  The suicide bomber's family is thankful their loved one sacrificed their life in a way 'supposedly' approved by Allah.  You go too far down a slipery sloap here IMO, when you try to equate equality for the offensive Germans vs the counter force allies.  First of all, I don't buy into the idea that a majority of the German soldiers were serving in the German armed forces against their will, and were not proud to be representing the motherland.  I don't buy into that at all.  Did it exist?  Undoubtedly.  Was it by far the majority mindset for the German troop on the ground?  Sorry, not buying it.  By the end of the war, the final days, perhaps.  In the thick of things when their military was prevailing, I think the German troup was proud and inspired to be participating.

It seems like in this case, all dead soldiers are being exploited by hippies trying to make some kind of useless point.


I agree with that.  Of course hippies make no distinction between right vs wrong, morals vs moral equivelance.  Every person who dies is just an innocent.  Every person serving on the field is of equal value.  Nobody is better than anyone else.  It doesn't matter if the Germans were occupying much of Europe, the countering allies were no more righteous in their efforts.  Bullshit!

Every U. S. Citizen and ally of ours who died in Europe, is my father, brother, uncle, or grand-father.  If you think I'm going to equate a German fighting for what they were, with my father fighting for what he was, you have another think coming.

It is unfortunate that some Germans didn't want to be participating.  Hard choices must be made in life.  If it came down to whether I was going to die, or I was going to have to kill men sent there to stop me, it would be a choice I would have to consider, hopefully putting my life up for termination rather than a foreign national who had to be there to stop me.

The German populace should have told Hitler to go F himself.  "We won't support your war of occupying all of Europe and beyond."

29 posted on 09/25/2013 3:36:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: massgopguy

Ignorance of the project planners.


30 posted on 09/25/2013 4:19:38 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: DoughtyOne

and including the murdering idiots in the memorial at columbine as victims too, makes me wonder about the extent of political correctness and how it has gone far from being sane.

hang in there.

t


31 posted on 09/26/2013 8:08:23 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r

Yep your right.

Sometimes I argue on principle regarding issues and don’t mean to necessarily take an individual to task. I appreciate you taking my comments in that light.

Your point about uniformed declared combatants vs terrorists is quite valid as it relates to certain discussions. I want to make it clear I don’t view them the same on most matters.


32 posted on 09/26/2013 11:01:59 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: DoughtyOne

I stand with you. Our fallen earned far better treatment.


33 posted on 09/26/2013 11:42:51 AM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: TheCause

Thanks. I appreciate the note of agreement.


34 posted on 09/26/2013 11:57:16 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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