Pictorial Guide To ‘D-Day 75’ Commemorative Events On Both Sides Of The Channel By The U.K. “Daily Mail”.
Remember. Reflect. Rejoice!
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Nice, easy to follow guide. Just note that the times are LOCAL. So, 5-6 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern.
Remember ‘D-Day 75‘ is June 6, 2019, not June 5. Huge day. You have to pause and give it some thought. Remember. Reflect. Rejoice!
Remember. Reflect. Rejoice!
This are at least 16 (yes, sixteen) D-Day specific posts on this blog, not counting all those on ‘Churchill‘ and the ‘RAF‘. So, please check them out. They all contain painstakingly researched images or videos. You will be amply rewarded.
I am a great admirer of D-Day.
I always pause to reflect on this day, June 6, 1944 — 9-years ahead of my birth.
D-Day, of course, changed the course of history — of course, for the better.
Yes, this being the 75th anniversary we will, quite rightly, see lots of gusto, pomp and ceremony. I wish we would celebrate it with similar vigor each and every year.
I was in London for the 50th anniversary. That was quite an occasion.
If NOT for the Allied heroics of this day we will NOT be speaking English.
The New Series ‘Jennie’, About Winston Churchill’s American Mother, On ‘Acorn’ TV, Is Quite The Story.
I saw it being advertised on the banner of ‘Acorn‘ for the last week or so — but, I think it only became available today. We watched Episode 1 and it was GOOD.
Alas, though new to Acorn, it is NOT new. Appears it was shown on Thames in 2009 — so, 10-years ago. So, the quality, alack, is not that of ‘Victoria‘ on PBS. But, it is not dreadful. It is better than what you will find of YouTube.
I knew a bit about her suitor and husband Lord Randolph Churchill given that he is my hero Winston’s father. So, I learnt a fair amount about both of them in this first episode — how they met, their whirlwind romance and ahead-of-schedule marriage. I am looking forward to watching the rest of the series.
Looks very promising and I know that Lord Randolph’s story gets more colorful, though sad.
This was a TRULY horrible movie! Yuk!
The whole premise of the movie, i.e., that Winston Churchill was totally opposed to D-Day even at the bitter end, is bunkum. Yes, Winston had concerns and alternate ideas early on by as D-Day approached he was behind the plan. He did not try to ‘sabotage’ it.
An important subplot, i.e., that Winston had talked King George VI to accompany him on the HMS Belfast and make the D-Day crossing so that they could be with the troops, was totally misrepresented. Winston had NOT asked the King to come with him. Instead the King said that he would come with Winston in order to STOP Winston from making that crossing! Huge and key difference.
Also South African Field Marshal Jan Smuts was certainly on Winston’s staff BUT he never was as close to Winston as portrayed. That was poetic license.
Read the above cited articles from very credible sources. They will tell you what I just said, but in more detail.
The 3% that was bearable was the bit involving Winston’s rousing speech to the Nation post D-Day. But, there they used the Great Man’s exact words.
This movie was an insult. I regret watching it!
For I, my devotion to Dear Winston is very simple.
IF NOT for Winston you would NOT be reading this in English.
For that I am eternally GRATEFUL to Dear Winston — one of my greatest inspirations.
I have made my pilgrimage to this tomb, on a wintery day, in 1998 or 1999.
I was the only one there. It was gray, cold and drizzly.
I stood there in awe, silence and solidarity.
My devotion to dear Winston has no caveats. I know that some claim that he was a racist. But, in that I do not think he was that different to that many of his class, from that time. He was Prime Minister when we still had an Empire and despite his understandable reluctance to lose India, I really can’t believe that he set out to undermine coloreds. I know one thing. He was NO Donald Trump! Yes, I have paid him the highest compliment that I can. I named a gorgeous, very regal Golden after him. My ‘Winston’ from 1998.
I was 11-years old when he died.
I can’t say I was that familiar with him at the time of his death. There was no TV in Ceylon.
I do remember, vividly, my parents taking me to see a film of his funeral. That would have been in 1965. It was in color and I think it was over 1 hour long. My adoptive mother cried. I distinctly remember the film ending with a heading splashed across the screen ‘A Journey’s End‘. My adoptive mother talked about that on the way home. They (i.e., my adoptive father & mother) had completed one (of their two) round-the-world diplomatic trips, at the behest of the Ceylon government, the year before. As was her wont, and the fashion of the time, she completed an elaborate scrapbook to document that trip. On the last page she wrote ‘A Journey’s End‘. My adoptive mother, who was an ultra-sensitive person, was ‘rattled’ that the film had used that same phrase! Yes, small things like that bothered her — albeit, not in a bad way. So, whenever I think of Dear Winston’s funeral — ‘A Journey’s End‘ comes to mind.
Just take a second to reflect. Pay homage.
Like I said, IF NOT for dear Winston I would have had to learn frigging German and I am BAD at learning new languages.
Thank YOU, Dear Winston, KG OM CH TD PCc DL FRS RA.
The justifiably legendary
“We shall fight on the beaches” speech.
I guess I am on record, on this blog, as saying, 2.5-years ago, that he was my GREATEST hero.
That indeed has to be the case. He gives me goose bumps, inspiration and fortitude. I admire him much, for his leadership, courage, intellect, oratory, humor and above all his writing. Boy, could he write. Wish I could write like that. Yes, of course, I know of his supposed failings. He probably would not have liked me much — just because of the color of my skin! Pity. But, in a way he was a product of his era when Britain truly did rule the Empire. I also attribute the rumors as to his supposed ‘gayness’ to a British ‘thing’ of ‘that era’! It was commoner than most would appreciate.
What a MAN. To I, it was he who made sure WE won WWII. Whether they knew it or not, all the other key players were led (by their nose (most of the time) by Dear Winston.
Yes, I have paid him the highest compliment that I can. I named a gorgeous, very regal Golden after him. My ‘Winston’ from 1998.
Wow. He sounds like Winston Churchill!
Our Monty. Named after the GREAT MAN.
I waxed lyrical about him just 25-days ago! So, I will keep this succinct.
Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL — a man I revere.
He is a source of inspiration and GREAT PRIDE. What a MAN. We would NOT be ‘here’ speaking English if NOT for him.
Just spare a second to think of what Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery did for US.