Day of Days

Just finished re-watching Episode 2 (‘Day of Days’) of Band of Brothers with the family. We always watch either that or The Longest Day for D-Day.

By coincidence, we watched during the time of day over there that they were jumping. According to Wikipedia, Mission Albany (the 101st Airborne Division) jumped between 00:48 and 01:40 British Double Summer Time.

So I’m posting in America on June 5th. In France it’s D-Day.

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  1. Don’t expect too much of a celebration from the Frogs. Even the Brits seem to have lost the D-Day thing. It’s a pity because both France and England had a who lot more to lose if the landings didn’t come off.

    By the way Germany seems to be running the European union anyway, so maybe the landings and ensuing struggle was really in vain.

    1. But these days the Germans really don’t want to run the EU. If it was anyone else (not haunted by war / holocaust guilt), they would have done the logical thing and pulled out of the single currency rip-off long ago.

      It’s like making Germany pay war reparations 3 generations after the fact.

    2. I expect there’s something to that. Time will wear alot of that sentiment away.

      Twenty years ago there was an article in either “stars and Stripes” or the division newspaper (I forget the name of it now) about the Normandy landings. The picture accompanying the article was of a little French girl putting a flag next to an American soldier’s headstone. The article explained that the French girl scouts or some such organization did this every year. The little girl in the pic, though, explained that she didn’t know why they did it; they were just told to. She’s probably like 30 now.

      Although, I was in Nijmegen and Arnhem just a few years ago, and they still commemorate Market Garden. There is an airborne museum, an annual parade and jump, flags of screaming eagles still hang from some folks’ balconies, and the infamous “bridge too far” is now named the John Frost Bridge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Frost_Brug_(Arnhem)_01.jpg Took me forever to find it; all the bridges over the Rhine up there look the effing same.

      I dunno, maybe it depends where you go.

    3. TJ,

      To your other point about the struggle being in vain, well you’re not alone.

      My grandfather was a Marine who was badly wounded at Tarawa. He never talked about the war, but as time went on he grew more cynical.

      Throughout his professional life he tried as much as possible to avoid doing business with Japanese companies on principle, but I don’t think he could manage that toward the end.

      In his final years he wondered why all those kids had to die so Japanese cars could be the most reliable, or Japanese electronics dominate the market.

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