D-Day 70th Anniversary
Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. I personally don't make a huge deal of this, because as I've been on record as saying before, I don't see WWII as being some great "good versus evil" struggle. It was a monumental and horrific war that altered the course of history, that is for sure, but when one considers our alliance with the Soviets (an even more brutal and evil regime than the Nazis) and the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, no side can claim the moral high ground.
That said, a reader sent me the above-posted picture of my old regiment, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles (at least some of them) embarking on a landing craft on D-Day. They landed on Juno Beach.
I don't think any of the veterans I had the pleasure of meeting were members of the R Wpg Rif Battalion that landed in Normandy. I remember stories of Italy from the old soldiers I sat with at mess dinners. They had nothing but respect for the German soldiers they faced, and had fond memories of joining forced with British troops to brawl with Americans.