D Day Anniversary

Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by Tom Canning, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Tom
    Rosie?? Don't forget I'm Lesley ;)
     
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Internet forum behaves not 100% as expected.
    In other news: Dog bites man. ;)

    I was in a field getting ready for a Wedding the next day - we did raise a glass to the Normandy business though.

    Wonder how many chaps were out at the commemorations in France - quite a few other than Paul by the looks of it, and that always seems to throw out more queries, photos & accounts in the week or two afterwards (unless this thread scares 'em off :)) - I'd bet interest is far from waning.
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Just ploughed through the site emails after a few days away.
    Looks like a fair few D-Day-interested family members or researchers incoming to me.
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    6th of June is the day I passed my driving test and the day we moved into our new house-I can't seem to get away from the date.

    I'd much rather anything significant to me happened on the 10th May but then again thats just me ;)
     
  5. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thank You for your PM Johnathan.

    Normandy.....I must admit to siding with Tom about the failure to remember D Day in the national Media. For the news papers or TV never mentioned that day. That in my opinion is a shame. And it does nothing for the those that gave their all....

    Not because of the Title of "D Day" Or its ramifications....but rather because of the heroic sacrifices made. The casualties sustained, And the fact that it was the "greatest of His Majesties forces operation" in the nations history.

    Unlike other theatres of operations, where they slogged away under shocking conditions. And against very difficult terrain. This theater of war was instrumental in lifting the dark cloud of the medieval evil of the Nazi Regime.... that hung over Western Europe for many years.... far too long...... The great difference between this theatre of war, and others was the inexhaustible amount of ordinance available....
    Sapper
     
  6. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Just a few thoughts.

    Like many other members of this forum I was at work during the morning and afternoon on the 6th in my case being on a 12 hour shift. I did check in during the day on the Blackberry and apart from Clive's very fitting memorial threads I was a little surprised that there were no threads specific to the day itself. As Jos has mentioned previously this changed as people got home in the evening and had a chance to sit down in front of the PC and commit their thoughts to the forum as I did with a 'Normandy Memorials for reference' thread.

    However during the day I did notice how many people were using other social network style platforms to convey their thoughts on D-Day. In my case it was using twitter with the '#DDay68' hashtag. I did try to direct people towards the forum, as did Lee (Psywar). It would be interesting to know how many people did indeed join up on that day?

    Perhaps this shows how quickly the internet and social networking is evolving with the use of smartphones and tablets etc? Maybe its time for WW2talk to evolve from being purely an internet discussion forum into other forms of media?
     
  7. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    The forum does have a Twitter account but it would be yet another Mods job to run it.

    It could be that a future forum update makes it easier to integrate posts into social media.
     
  8. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Normandy.....
    Sapper

    Brian, are you back? If so, welcome.

    I have a book to post you.
     
  9. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    It could be that a future forum update makes it easier to integrate posts into social media.

    That would be an ideal scenario. It would be great if photos and posts could be uploaded directly onto the forum from smartphones etc.
     
  10. STAN50

    STAN50 Senior Member

    As has been suggested on an earlier post some of us were actually out there and didn't have internet access.

    There was plenty of events happening and quite a few new plaques being unveiled.

    - Not sure what the future holds for the D.Day commemorations in the years to come. Most of the reenactors now seem to be French dressed as G.I.'s. Take it or leave it I guess.

    Saddest bit I thought of my visit was the evening commemoration service at Arromanche. Hardly anyone could be heard signing the hymns or saying the prayers - where I was standing anyway.

    Always worth a visit though. As ever seeing and mingling with veterans is a humbling experience.

    Also seeing a large turnout of French soldiers at Ranville, standing to attention amongst a an earlier generation who were in the same sort of business too was quite humbling.
     
  11. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Lesley
    My most sincere apologies for my typo- as that is exactly what it was so nothing personal

    Adam - your email count may be perfectly valid - now can you go back and check how many - apart from Clive's memorials - were actually BEFORE 5 pm - on the 6th ?

    Sapper -thank you for siding with me - and the facts that there was very little recognition of the Day - and I have NO access to the UK media except by internet - glad to note that you are still aware and trust that the saintly Shiela is well
    Cheers
     
  12. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi Paul.
    It was Johnathans very nice PM, that prompted me to post. Without any accusations of Racism, we can get back to posting and subscribing to the site.

    A lot has taken place in the mean time....While I am about it, let me say "Hi" to my fellow Veterans.... Keep around lads we are getting very short on the ground..... And! We have no reserves.
     
  13. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    I am always pleased to see Tom Canning..... A Gentleman Veteran. The Saintly one sends her best regards. I thought the failure to even mention the anniversary was shameful .... For the reason's I posted...
     
  14. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Without this thread diverging way off topic I'd like to say that Brian and myself had a civilized discussion by PM on a subject of little relevance to World War 2. Whilst we will probably not completely agree on some issues both of us are aware of the Forum's more focussed attitude on the subject of the Second World War since Christmas and we are both keen for this to remain so. I trust we can move forward now in pretty much the same vein?
     
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  15. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hi Paul.
    It was Johnathans very nice PM, that prompted me to post. Without any accusations of Racism, we can get back to posting and subscribing to the site.

    A lot has taken place in the mean time....While I am about it, let me say "Hi" to my fellow Veterans.... Keep around lads we are getting very short on the ground..... And! We have no reserves.

    Without this thread diverging way off topic I'd like to say that Brian and myself had a civilized discussion by PM on a subject of little relevance to World War 2. Whilst we will probably not completely agree on some issues both of us are aware of the Forum's more focussed attitude on the subject of the Second World War since Christmas and we are both keen for this to remain so. I trust we can move forward now in pretty much the same vein?

    Well done Brian/Jonathan. It is really good to see you back, Sapper!

    To answer Tom's question, I was on holiday with no access to the Internet and no reception on Blackberry/Mobile - known as 'bliss' - otherwise I probably would have posted something on the back of Clive's numerous 50 Div's fallen remeberance messages. Working on a couple now. It should get coverage 'Lest We Forget'.

    Tom, did you take time out to celebrate General Mark Wayne Clark's capture of Rome? :D Mischief it is that I am guilty of!

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  16. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Brian

    Good to see you back !

    Ron
     
  17. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Brian -
    Thank you for your compliment- I do know that you mean it sincerely - your cheque is in the mail !

    oh and - welcome back - now we can revel in the facts of war not the revised versions

    Cheers
    Tom
     
  18. La-de-da-Gunner Graham

    La-de-da-Gunner Graham Senior Member

    Welcome back, Brian. I always like reading your posts.

    Keith
     
  19. PeterG

    PeterG Senior Member

    Welcome back Brian!
     
  20. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Welcome back Sapper, although you left before I joined but kindly responded to a few personal mails.........

    Look forward to your posts...
    Malcolm
     

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