I’d probably be having a lot of fun with the whole 666 thing, but as today is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe, I think I’ll dwell on that instead.
That picture, taken by Robert Capa at ‘Bloody’ Omaha Beach, says an awful lot.
Last year, I wondered what today’s media would have to say about D-Day. Omaha Beach, in particular, had enough errors in judgment, planning, and execution to fill volumes of critical commentary. But our guys refused to give in and carried the day at great cost.
For a lot of information on the planning and execution of the Omaha Beach landings, check out Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory by Adrian R. Lewis.
(Blackfive has an “awesome…simply awesome” D-Day Blogburst. When you finish this go check it out.)
Though merely a Hollywood film, I think most of us will agree that the opening sequence of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ is legendary. I realize that the movies, no matter how many accolades from veterans they receive, can never really re-create actual combat. But those twenty minute are as close to actual combat as Murdoc wants to get.
The moment in that film (which has many ‘moments’) that resonates with me the strongest is the moment when the troops are in chaos, pinned down at the seawall and being systematically slaughtered. Nothing has gone right and they do not hold the beach. They want to know what to do.
The answer? “Gather weapons and ammo.”