The end of last week was an exceptionally important day in modern history. On June 6th, Seventy years ago on the beaches of Normandy, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers stormed German fortifications proving to be the largest sea invasion in history, and earning the moniker “D-Day”. Thus began an assault on the Axis powers that would last almost another two years.
Since 1944, countless films and books have been made honoring the troops who fought so bravely on D-Day. Tom Hanks’ award-winning film Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, and other films followed troops through their struggles from Normandy and into the heart of Europe.
Today, it’s hard for people to imagine what D-Day was like. Thanks to technology, modern combat occurs on a much smaller scale and in many occasions, combat occurs over greater distances and in different environments. It’s a different world today, but it’s important to take the time to remember the sacrifices our soldiers made and the challenges that they overcame to make the world safe.
In honor of D-Day, we felt like it’s important to share some quotes from World War II to remind us of this major conflict that occurred only 70 years ago.
Major Devereaux at Wake Island re-appropriating an older military quote – “Don’t fire until you can see the whites of their eyes.”
Admiral Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor: “I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
President FDR looking for some positives in a rough year for the Allies: “On the European Front, the most important development of the past year has been the crushing German offensive against the great armies of Russia”
Sir Hugh Dowding displaying quite a degree of arrogance and confidence: “My strength has now been reduced to the equivalent of 36 squadrons…we should be able to carry on the war single-handed for some time if not indefinitely.”