At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 “Dakota” aircraft, signaling his men to get ready to parachute into a terrifying blackness that was streaked with machine-gun tracers and punctuated by exploding rounds from four-barrel 20-millimeter Flakvierling-38 anti-aircraft guns. The Cotentin Peninsula loomed beneath him as he stared into an abyss crackling with enemy fire and crawling with Nazi troops. Machine-gun rounds peppered their slow-moving, easily targetable transport, “sounding like rocks being shaken in a tin can,” Stephen Ambrose reports. Then, just as he was...
There are many people today who do not appreciate what our nation sacrificed in order to stop the monster who was Hitler and his satellites. Not only our military who were magnificent. But, also the people at home who tightened their belts, produced war materiel, rationed their products and prayed for the victory. I believe it would be good for every young person at some point before reaching their majority to live a week under the types of regimes Hitler and Stalin enforced upon their citizens. Perhaps OWS should attempt to protest under a Hitler or Stalin.
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