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Remembering D-Day, 66 years ago

Yesterday was June 6th, the 66th anniversary of the successful 1944 Allied invasion of France. Several operations were combined to carry out the largest amphibious invasion in history - over 160,000 troops landed on June 6th, assisted by over 5,000 ships, aerial bombardment, gliders and paratroopers. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives on those beaches on that day - many thousands more would follow as the invasion succeeded and troops began to push German forces eastward, eventually leading to the Allied victory in 1945. Collected here are some photographs of the preparation, execution and immediate aftermath of the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy, and a few images from 2010. (42 photos total)

U.S. troops disembark from a landing vehicle on Utah Beach on the coast of Normandy, France in June of 1944. Carcasses of destroyed vehicles litter the beach. (Regional Council of Basse-Normandie/U.S. National Archives)
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353 comments so far...
1.

Great pics as always. It would have been nice to see a few Allied shots though -- the British and Canadians landed at D-Day as well, and were actually in the war since 1939, not 1942 when the US joined in...

Posted by SD June 7, 10 01:20 PM
2.

"Lest we forget"

Posted by mbrodie June 7, 10 01:26 PM
3.

This war didn't last that long and yet the British, Russians and now the US cant eradicate the evil from Afghanistan.... how is that possible?

Posted by jack June 7, 10 01:26 PM
4.

maldita guerra.

Posted by J.Valdés June 7, 10 01:31 PM
5.

Wahou,

C'est beau et cela fait toujours aussi bizarre de voir des photos de la guerre en couleur

Posted by Nathan Symoens June 7, 10 01:33 PM
6.

Thanks so much for what you've done (from a French guy) !

Posted by michel_R June 7, 10 01:44 PM
7.

Thank you will never be enough to the men who fought for us.

Posted by Morgan June 7, 10 01:46 PM
8.

#39 is very moving.

Posted by egan June 7, 10 01:57 PM
9.

The colour shots near the top are of Weymouth, in Dorset. Great shots, some i've not seen before.

Posted by jon June 7, 10 01:57 PM
10.

@jack #3:

Probably because they're two *completely* different kinds of war. Afghanistan is better compared to Vietnam or Korea, and we know how well those went. A large, monolithic force fighting with conventional weapons, using conventional tactics, with a clear goal, is a lot easier to fight than a guerrilla insurgency in rough (or in the case of Afghanistan, practically impossible) territory, where "victory" is essentially undefined.

And as an aside, I agree with SD. Traditionally TBP has been *very* good about showing multiple national perspectives (the Afghanistan series being a great example). Pity the same can't be said for this photo series which, while remarkable and moving as always, is entirely dedicated to the American efforts in the invasion.

Posted by Brett from Canada June 7, 10 01:57 PM
11.

Great photos as always.
Readers could be interested to see many more photos on our Flickr gallery:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photosnormandie/
This is a crowdsourcing project to improve captions of these photos (in French only, sorry...). The project is active since 3 years.
With best regards

Posted by Patrick Peccatte June 7, 10 01:58 PM
12.

Brilliant as usual! Thanks for these

Posted by avani June 7, 10 02:04 PM
13.

What were the crimes of the cows in #32?

Posted by Jeremy June 7, 10 02:05 PM
14.

The price of freedom is seen in the many rows of white crosses in the wonderfull and now free French countryside.
May we never forget this sacrifice for all of man kinds freedom.

Posted by Mike Marsland June 7, 10 02:10 PM
15.

Games are too realistic ):

Posted by Leo June 7, 10 02:24 PM
16.

Regarding comment #12 - they were cholesterol bombs, designed to kill slowly.

But seriously, it's sad that animals and children get caught up in this stuff. Not to mention the farmer who, if he survives, has lost his herd.

Posted by Mark June 7, 10 02:28 PM
17.

Having been to the D-day beaches in France, it still amazes me that this operation was successful. From bunkers embedded in cliffs, overlooking a wide open beach. Pardon the anaolgy, but it would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

So, thank you US, Canadian, and British soliders for your bravery, persistence and sacrifices.

As stated before me, Lest We Forget

Posted by bigfatengineer June 7, 10 02:33 PM
18.

@ picture 15
Never lost on me that these heroes secured the rights of many in my generation to "courageously" stand up and bash America. People who couldn't summon half the real courage it took to step off that transport into harms way...

Posted by Matt June 7, 10 02:36 PM
19.

"They shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them."

Posted by Bob June 7, 10 02:38 PM
20.

merci à eux !

Posted by freddy June 7, 10 02:40 PM
21.

The retreating army wouldn't leave healthy livestock for the enemy to enjoy.

Posted by Buggs June 7, 10 02:41 PM
22.

Why are the cows in #32 dead?
Who kills cows?
Cows are pacifists.

Posted by G June 7, 10 02:44 PM
23.

They were really heroes. Thanks from Spain

Posted by Yo June 7, 10 02:44 PM
24.

Wonderful photos, but I agree largely aimed at the American side of things...

Posted by Charlotte June 7, 10 02:52 PM
26.

Shame the British & Canadian troops were not also remembered in the pictures.....

Posted by Jon Betts June 7, 10 03:02 PM
27.

With tears in my eyes: "A heartfelt thanks to everyone involved all those years ago"

Posted by Robert Zimmerman June 7, 10 03:02 PM
28.

I visited Normandy as a wide-eyed American teenager. I will never forget the sheer number of graves! So many! I was so humbled. What sacrifice on my behalf coming one or two generations later. Thank you, veterans, for providing me a great life in freedom. I want you to know I haven't taken it for granted.

Posted by Karen June 7, 10 03:05 PM
29.

Awesome shots. We should remember such things.

Hello from Russia

Posted by Andrew June 7, 10 03:05 PM
30.

This shall never happen again!

Posted by Don June 7, 10 03:07 PM
31.

Thank BG, i remember.

Posted by michael June 7, 10 03:07 PM
32.

Just thanks. Forever and ever.

Posted by Borja June 7, 10 03:11 PM
33.

Every human being sholuld be gratefull to those soldiers who offered their sacrifice to save the dignity of the human being opposit to powerful barbarism

Posted by Roberto Pontremoli June 7, 10 03:12 PM
34.

Thank you all who serve/served. My grandfather stepped on those very beaches so many years ago with the 4th ID. I only state that because I'm proud of him and all he has done.

Posted by Keenan June 7, 10 03:51 PM
35.

It's rare that I have chills when looking at photos, but here, it is History. We can sense the tense of the situation, what these men have done is admirable.
It is amazing how we have rebuild every city when we saw picture #35.

Posted by amertum June 7, 10 03:55 PM
36.

Where are the photos of the Brits, Canucks and Free French Forces? D-Day was an Allied landing. From the pictures shown, one could easily get the impression that it was an all American show. 1000's of British and Canadian forces were killed or injured successfully storming Juno, Gold and Sword beaches. American revisionist history in action? Shame on the Big Picture editors! If you are not going to add the pictures, you should change the name of the set to "Remembering America's D-Day".

Posted by Paul Wilson June 7, 10 03:57 PM
37.

Thanks from France to all allied troopers that fought that day to free Europe !

Posted by Nicolas Lehuen June 7, 10 04:11 PM
38.

Buenisimas fotos, ¿porque hay tanto zepelin "pequeño"?

Posted by Anonymous June 7, 10 04:23 PM
39.

Merci.
Merci.
Merci.

Posted by Yogi June 7, 10 04:50 PM
40.

Excelentes fotos!!

#37 Se usa para evitar ataques aereos a baja altura, dañando los aviones con los cables de acero. Aca tenes un link a wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrage_balloon

Posted by Pablo June 7, 10 04:54 PM
41.

I never realized the enormity of the invasion on the beaches. What a huge undertaking.

Posted by Anonymous June 7, 10 05:00 PM
42.

The most famous images of that momentous day were made by Robert Capa. When a LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarked troops of the 16th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day) at Omaha Beach, Capa, in the employ of LIFE magazine, was among them. He took four rolls of photos that day, but all but eleven of Capa’s negatives were spoiled by an overly eager darkroom worker in the London office of Time Inc. who turned up the heat in the drying cabinet too high in his rush to meet the deadline for the next issue of Life magazine.

When LIFE published the photographs, a caption disingenously explained that the ‘immense excitement of moment made photographer Capa move his camera and blur picture’. Thus it was with this irony that man must bear the movie Saving Private Ryan, where the director Steven Spielberg went to great lengths to reproduce the look of Capa blur in his D-Day landing sequence, even stripping the coating from his camera lenses to echo Capa’s notorious shots.

Posted by Juan yani Bartoszek June 7, 10 05:12 PM
43.

I had a tenant in a small rental property that told me he was an Army Ranger. He had decals of such on his truck. I asked him if he was REALLY a Ranger, to wit he merely replied: "Pointe du Hoc!"

My respect for him rose enormously. After he moved out, I found his Ranger "diploma" left behind, complete with his Social Security number. We tracked him down and returned this document to him.

Any Ranger deserves our respect. Those who climbed the ropes at Pointe du Hoc in the face of German firepower largely secured the victory for the Allies on D-Day. We should tell their stories for a thousand years. We and our children and children's children owe them the very liberty that we have, which hopefully unlike the Third Reich will indeed last for a thousand years.
Richard Fortner
Oak Island, NC

Posted by Richard Fortner June 7, 10 05:21 PM
44.

Good pictures to remember.
And people: you are right that these seem to be only US pictures. Nothing bad about the british, french or polish(!) forces, but WWII wasn't the war of Canada/US. They could have just left us there, occupied by the German people.And only because of the machinery of the US, brittain was able to hold.

So let's give them a break on the one-sided picture series.
The Netherlands

Posted by Johan J. June 7, 10 05:35 PM
45.

oh man, I can not look at pictures of D-day, without tearing up. Just imagine what those young men walked into!

Posted by swaeltjie June 7, 10 05:38 PM
46.

Como protección contra los aviones enemigos. Sus hélices se enredaban en los cables, y tenían siempre el riesgo de chocarse contra los zepelines.

Las fotos son muy buenas, una pena que se hayan olvidado de los otros países.

Lo que no comprendo es a los que les dan las gracias desde España. Nos dejaron tirados y apoyaron al régimen franquista a cambio de bases en Europa y su apoyo contra la Unión Soviética.

Posted by Anonymous June 7, 10 05:41 PM
47.

Merci.

Posted by Pierre June 7, 10 05:50 PM
48.

Paul Wilson -

I think that the efforts of the Free French forces were difficult to capture on film.

Posted by a brown June 7, 10 05:51 PM
49.

Sad you forgot the rest of the troops, who were in the war at a much earlier stage as well. :(

I often remind my kids of the sacrifice our forefathers gave, however I make sure they understand there were more than just Americans who gave so much, and so should The Big Picture

Bless all the troops, thank you all for your sacrifices.

Posted by Dan June 7, 10 06:01 PM
50.

@jack #3:
As Brett already stated they are completely different kinds of conflict, though I would add as a more appropriate comparison the previous misadventures of the Russians or British in Afghanistan itself as a way of showing how essentially, regardless of the date and contemporary technology, little changes with the kind of conflict being waged in the country.

And yes, I do think it was something of an unusual misstep for TBP to only include American forces in this roundup of "the successful 1944 Allied invasion of France."

Posted by Mark June 7, 10 06:02 PM
51.

Paul Wilson --

What Free French Forces?

And, for that matter, what uniformed French forces?

Posted by Michael June 7, 10 06:46 PM
52.

We NEVER must forget it, NO MORE WARS.

Posted by me and my mind June 7, 10 06:48 PM
53.

God bless their courageous souls. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Posted by Laura C June 7, 10 06:49 PM
54.

Paul:

"Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy. This figure includes over 209,000 Allied casualties, with nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths amongst the Allied air forces. Of the Allied casualties, 83,045 were from 21st Army Group (British, Canadian and Polish ground forces), 125,847 from the US ground forces. The losses of the German forces during the Battle of Normandy can only be estimated. Roughly 200,000 German troops were killed or wounded. The Allies also captured 200,000 prisoners of war (not included in the 425,000 total" G: The cows were shot as collaborators by the underground but only after the realization came that it would take to long to shave them.

G the

G above).

Posted by Oldster June 7, 10 06:55 PM
55.

Merçi....

Posted by jc June 7, 10 07:06 PM
56.

Bonjour, as always I feel stunned when I see what these amazingly brave men from US, UK, CA, AU, NZ, PL, FR, have been enduring to save my homeland and the whole Europe from the Nazis.
I and all my fellow countrymen will eternally pay them our most grateful respects.

One special thoughts for my ppl, as we were playing hide and seek in the bomb holes in my granny's backyard and kept on finding remains over 40 years after.

Lulu originally from Cherbourg

Posted by Lulu June 7, 10 07:10 PM
57.

Boston Globe, The Big Picture usually capture the essence of the story so well but to title this one “Remembering D-Day” but only include American soldiers is a travesty and ugly-Americanism at its worst.

Posted by Keith June 7, 10 07:46 PM
58.

@ #1 damn right holywood has a lot to answer for.

more british and commenwealth soldiers were present than americans during the D day landings.

amazing how people forget

Posted by kip June 7, 10 07:50 PM
59.

You guys ever consider that this is an American newspaper, probably working with an American photo archive? Jeeesh, some people try so hard to find political incorrectness.

Posted by David June 7, 10 08:32 PM
60.

Thanks for the pictures...my dad was one of the soldiers on the beach that day as a 16 year old kid who lied about his age to join the army...

Thanks again for putting these up..we should never forget all of those who were involved, and thank them while we still have a chance..and take a moment to remember those who did not come back.

Posted by Charles June 7, 10 08:49 PM
61.

Create images-saw similar scenes in movie 'Saving Private Ryan'

Posted by narasimha rao June 7, 10 09:05 PM
62.

ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous June 7, 10 09:40 PM
63.

Remembering our Heros!

Posted by Benjamin Sunding June 7, 10 10:01 PM
64.

Yes it is a photo reportage from the US for the US.
Nevertheless most know that it was not the US alone and I like to thank all the troops who participated. Those pictures are really too close for comfort as I have family in those areas and yes the older generation has passed on, and I am of the generation who still remembers.

Posted by Peter June 7, 10 10:04 PM
65.

@Jack WW2 was the last war that was not only fought to win but largely without politics interfering

Posted by Josh June 7, 10 10:39 PM
66.

to the guy with the number one comment, don't forget that without the americans joining in the brits and everyone else would've turned out just like france. But they did help too, canadians and brits, so they do deserve some of the pics to be on there.

Posted by Jared June 7, 10 11:36 PM
67.

Very moving.
Let's never forget about these heroes.
Many thanks from the Netherlands.
I'm always embarrassed and pissed when my fellow Dutchmen shamelessly bash everything the US does. Without the US, Europe would look very different today. Let's not forget about the other allies though. We all them a lot as well.

Posted by Peter June 7, 10 11:39 PM
68.

thanks from Taiwan

Posted by Tom June 8, 10 12:10 AM
69.

Holping the world peaceful!!
Message From China!!!

Posted by 陈维 June 8, 10 12:57 AM
70.

A pretty french song (from Québec) came in mind after seeing these pictures :
« Quand les hommes vivront d'amour, il n'y aura plus de misère.
Les soldats seront Troubadours, mais nous, nous serons morts, mon frère. »

For meditation...

Posted by renel June 8, 10 01:27 AM
71.

Thank you for sharing, grate photos!

Posted by Michał from Poland June 8, 10 02:11 AM
72.

War is a hell......

Posted by Anonymous June 8, 10 02:41 AM
74.

There was a comment to the effect that only American troops & events are in this collection of photos and that "Americans revise History". I think that this was the only negative condemning comment. I'm sure that a military photo collection from all Allied troops would be well received and appreciated. Let's not use this comment board to take political aim at each other. Let's humbly and gratefully remember the boys who fought .... "lest we forget".

Posted by Teri Malesani-Deutsch June 8, 10 03:04 AM
75.

I fought on that day at Pointe du Hoc


in a video game

Posted by Dean June 8, 10 03:04 AM
76.

respect pour ces hommes qui ont contribué fortement à la libération de la france et en premier lieu de la normandie. ne les oublions pas et souvenons nous de ces héros pour toujours.
great pictures.
god bless them

Posted by nono14 June 8, 10 03:06 AM
77.

Thanks from Paris

Posted by Anonymous Parisian June 8, 10 03:28 AM
78.

Yes Lest We Forget how late the Americians were to turning up.

Posted by Dave Jibblits June 8, 10 03:31 AM
79.

Great photos but would have liked to have seen some from the Gold, Sword and Juno beaches.

Posted by Craig June 8, 10 04:10 AM
80.

Merci beaucoup from France.
We will never forget

Posted by Melclalex June 8, 10 04:37 AM
81.

If the text to these fantastic pictures had made it clear that the article is a tribute to the US participation on 6th June, fair enough - but it was purportedly about the Allied armies, and it does therefore jar somewhat to see no acknowledgement of Canada or Britain and the rest of the Commonwealth. Omaha was not the only beach on which brave men fought and died in a noble cause.

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks seem to be taking over from William Primrose as the main writers of D Day history from the US perspective, and that's not in America's interests.

Posted by gazza June 8, 10 04:40 AM
82.

Excellent pictures.Thank you!

Posted by Andu June 8, 10 05:29 AM
83.

My word: "Cursed be the war".

There's pacifist memorial near my hometown: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Monument_aux_morts_d%27Equeurdreville.jpeg

Never, *EVER* should we pull a trigger.

Posted by Ook? Ook! June 8, 10 05:30 AM
84.

Su muerte nos dio la libertad, His death gave us the freedom, Sa mort nous a donné la liberté, Sein Tod gab uns die Freiheit,
Gracias, thank you, merci,Danke

Posted by David Márquez Ortega June 8, 10 05:50 AM
85.

Thanks so much from France. We should always remember these moments!

Posted by Yoyo June 8, 10 06:28 AM
86.

The town shown in pictures 2 and 5 is Weymouth in Dorset. I lived there for 20 years, and my father was evacuated to there from London as a boy during the war. He was actually in Weymouth when these photos would have been taken. He says the GI's were very friendly and gave all the kids chocolate and donuts.

Phil
England.

Posted by Phil McDonald June 8, 10 06:31 AM
87.

Josh. I think that's wishful thinking. In the 1930s Hitler proclaimed he was defending Europe from Bolshevism and what's more most of the rulers of America and Europe agreed. In 1940 Britain whilst facing invasion concentrated it's troops in Egypt with an eye to holding onto the empire and it's prize possession India. It was mavericks like Winston Churchill who could see how German expansion would threaten this lucrative if highly undemocratic link in British global power. So as you can see, politics were central.

Posted by Jeremy June 8, 10 06:34 AM
88.

@63, Josh, I'm not sure what you consider to be 'politics' but that statement is just not true. Just look at the considerable efforts of the US to not get involved at all, let alone the immensely complex run-up to the war or the political backstabbing in Europe (Germany vs Russia, for example).

Yes, the great speeches by Churchill, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, etc. are all about freedom and liberty and the rights of the people, but the issue was much, much more complex than that.

Posted by Jasja van Leeuwen June 8, 10 06:49 AM
89.

Merci à tout ces hommes courageux !

Posted by Benoit June 8, 10 06:58 AM
90.

I was 18 months old at that time. These picture are my "memory" and awareness. Thanks for a job well done. I just can't get over the waste and stupidity of war.

Posted by Dr. J. Lee Jagers June 8, 10 07:13 AM
91.

The consequences to mankind of the choices of a few.

Posted by TheAuthoritarian.com June 8, 10 07:17 AM
92.

Thanks from Spain, so the allies less Spain with Franco and the ancient regim, we never forget those people who fougth again barbarity, but also never forget that Spain remains in dark side of liberty becous of democratics governments

Posted by II Republica June 8, 10 07:22 AM
93.

Merci !

Posted by Nicolas June 8, 10 07:25 AM
94.

Thanks for remembering D-day... For many, it went un-noticed. :-(

Posted by AmericanJarhead June 8, 10 08:05 AM
95.

My father has a picture very similar to #15 hanging in his rec room. It's really impressive, and a little scary to see what the soldiers saw when stepping off the boats - a massive wall, spikes, dead and dying soldiers.

Took a lot of courage to do that.

Posted by KatherineLorraine June 8, 10 08:11 AM
96.

Merci !
Those pictures are really emotional ! Hope it can one day stop the man madness & war around the planet.

Posted by Chris from Nice, France June 8, 10 08:14 AM
97.

quel courage il a fallu à tous ces soldats fous de liberte merci .honneur et respect de notre part

Posted by touly June 8, 10 08:17 AM
98.

My grandfather where there too.. as a defender. Not every german soldier were a Nazi it were the goverenment . You had the choice: fight for your homeland or go to prison or worth.
He survived the war as a PoW.

Posted by Sven June 8, 10 09:11 AM
99.

Its a shame so may are still so quick to bring politics and nationality into this.
Most Americans certainly remember and appreciate the Canadians and Brits who died along side these brave kids.
The important thing to remember is the lessons we learn from these. The cows show that we do not exclude other creatures from our wanton destruction.
Have we learned anything yet?

Posted by TM May June 8, 10 09:30 AM
100.

A stunning series of photos....I was completely mesmerized by them. Just looking at the soldiers one has to wonder if they survived until the end of the war. Even after 66 years, it's hard to fathom the enormous undertaking that was the invasion of Normandy. So many lives were simply swept away that day. Let's hope their sacrifice is never forgotten.

Posted by Utah June 8, 10 09:58 AM
101.

The thing is we MUST let our children and grandchildren learn about this historical event. I was looking at my two calendars the other day and there was no indication of D- marked on either of them. This must NOT go by the wayside.

Posted by Steve Kosovich June 8, 10 10:35 AM
102.

Why were the cows killed? Who knows? But I can imagine a number of scenarios, only two of which involve killing them intentionally:

• The retreating Germans killed them to force the Allies to expend more of their own resources to sustain themselves and the surviving local people.

• The troops of one side were using them for cover. The troops of the other side shot them to remove their enemy's cover.

• Stray shots or ricochets killed them. (Cattle are not trained to reduce their profiles in a firefight.)

• Shrapnel from bombs, artillery, or grenades killed them.

• The cattle simply died from fright. I've seen a horse scared to death by a low-flying crop duster (a small, propeller-driven airplane). It isn't hard to imagine that cattle in the midst of that war zone would have reacted the same way.

However they died, yes, it is sad. But they are far from the only innocents killed in that awful war.

What amazes me is the devastation in the liberated village of St. Lo — all but destroyed in order to save it.

Posted by Cliff Tyllick June 8, 10 10:58 AM
103.

The answer of the question of comment #3 is simple, we do not nor are we allowed to fight TOTAL wars anymore. Strategic bombing, protection of civilians, and fighting illusive enemies that fight like cowards have made wars unwinable for us. We blew the hell out of Germany and Japan, military and sad to say but true, also the civilian sector. That brings a foe to it's knees. We fought ghosts in Vietnam, and now these barbarians in the middle east who are nothing but religious finatics, that won't come out and fight in the open ground can only be conquered by making a parking lot out of the country they inhabit. And again, we will not do that anymore.

Posted by Anonymous June 8, 10 11:26 AM
104.

Hey Dave in #78....just be damn glad that they showed up at all, lest you'd still be overrun by the Germans. Always looking for the negative, right?

Posted by Simp June 8, 10 11:44 AM
105.

Without the sacrifice of those troops I would not be alive today - even though I was born 14 years after the war. My father was a boy of 10, living in St Lo when this took place. My mother a girl of 10 at the time, living in England. Without such sacrifice neither could have met in the late 1950's.

As to the devastation, all my French side of the family have all said it was a price they would have paid again – even though they lived in St Lo.

So don’t give cheap comments about not enough Brits in the pictures or Canadians, or Free French. Too many people had to die. Every year I go to the cemeteries (at Omaha, at La Cambe – yes the German one, and in Bayeux) to say a prayer for all those young lives and I still cry.

So was it worth it – to me yes, I give thanks to all those Americans that came so far, for their (sometimes ultimate) sacrifice has meant that my father as a 10 year old boy and now in his 70’s was able to raise a family, and we his children have been able to raise our own families in freedom and in peace.

Posted by Peter - UK June 8, 10 12:06 PM
106.

These people were so brave and decided to stop that war. What is going on these days that we cannot stop fighting each other??

Posted by Juan Lopera June 8, 10 12:06 PM
107.

Thankyou so much to all the brave men and women who gave their lives so we may live in a free world. We are in debt to to all. May you be remembered forever as heroes. Thankyou.

Posted by Jim June 8, 10 12:16 PM
108.

me gustaría ver como se hubieran visto los paisajes 35 y 36 antes de la guerra.
id like to see the pics 35 and 36 before the war.

Posted by Anonymous June 8, 10 12:17 PM
109.

Cows - alot just killed in the cross fire, but also after so many days without anyone to milk them, many were in agony and the troops (and locals) just had to shoot them. I jest not, my family were in the bocage for a good while trapped between the two lines.

Posted by Peter - UK June 8, 10 12:32 PM
110.

You would think by these pictures that is was only the US that was involved in D-Day.

Posted by Bob Hoskins June 8, 10 12:37 PM
111.

there were great men in that war god thank them

Posted by bobmarly 16 June 8, 10 01:29 PM
112.

Now we know the real people to thank for the freedom we share today. Being a veteren of ww2 serving in the south pacific as a navy seabee and proud to do so i can't give enough thanks to all my comrades who died and took part in the invasion of normandy. We should never forget those who made the surpreme sacrifice.

Posted by Philip F. Ulliana June 8, 10 02:28 PM
113.

thanks, to the best generation....think about it what would have happened if nobody did anything

Posted by Will West June 8, 10 02:48 PM
114.

As for the dead cows...they don't know enough to be afraid, so they don't run from the bombs and bullets.....animals get killed in war, just as humans do...it's an ugly business......

Posted by Al June 8, 10 02:57 PM
115.

WWII was the last fair war US took part in and although I happened to be born behind the Iron Curtain I'd like to express my deepest respect to all the brave men that sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

As Kurt Vonnegut, Irwin Shaw and many otherwriters put it: you just knew what side to be on. Sadly, Omaha Beach was witness to the most tragic war fates one can imagine. Most of the boys (i.e. around 2000 people!) were killed but ONE man during one day. I don't dare to blame or accuse him - it's "them or us" situation in full scale. Heini Severloh - there is at least one tv documentary and some information available on the internet, certainly worth reading.

Posted by Marek June 8, 10 03:19 PM
116.

Someone remarked, "this will never happen again". With Europe teetering on the brink of financial collapse, the fascist movements of the 1930's are seeing new life. Jew hating has found new appeal amongst today's leftist crowd, and the hatred of capitalism in favor of a nationalistic socialism once again is being touted as a solution for the world's ills. It can't happen again? That's what they said after the murderous 1st world war. Our species has a lust for bloodletting on a grand scale. Who's going to stop the new Nazi's this time? America is broke.

Posted by William June 8, 10 03:20 PM
117.

# 78 ! You are absolutely ridiculous to say anything like that. At least they did show up. Some people are never happy like you....Respect those men and their efforts and don't try to make anything bad at out of it. You have no right.

Posted by jim June 8, 10 03:20 PM
118.

Many more Russians died in the war than any other nation. Britain & it's Commonwealth allies fought the Nazis from the start, unlike the US who were 3 years late. The US did help practically and economically, and were essential to invade and defeat Hitler, but did not prevent Britain from repelling Hitler - something stupid yankees who don't know history don't appreciate. If the US hadn't entered the war it would all probably have ended in something of a stalemate after a while with Britain separate from a Nazi Europe.

Posted by Leow Anker June 8, 10 03:28 PM
119.

Many more Russians died in the war than any other nation. Britain & it's Commonwealth allies fought the Nazis from the start, unlike the US who were 3 years late. The US did help practically and economically, and were essential to invade and defeat Hitler, but did not prevent Britain from repelling Hitler - something yankees who don't know history don't appreciate. If the US hadn't entered the war it would all probably have ended in something of a stalemate after a while with Britain separate from a Nazi Europe.

Posted by Leow Anker June 8, 10 03:29 PM
120.

French people would all be speaking German right now if it weren't for the American's and the rest of the Allied Forces!

Posted by Andrei June 8, 10 04:14 PM
121.

Quand les photos parlent plus que des mots... Merci à tout jamais.

Posted by Merci June 8, 10 04:26 PM
122.

To # 118, not really sure I understand where you're coming from. Here's where I'm coming from. What a grand asset Russia has been to the world ever since WWII. Been the backbone behind 1/2 of the evil in the world since WWII. "3 years late"... how many European countries (besides GB) declared war on Japan after they attacked the U.S.? If it weren't for us "stupid Yankees"., EVERYBDOY in Europe with be speaking German now and that would have been the case long before 1945, more like 1918.

Posted by Joe Scott June 8, 10 04:30 PM
123.

These photos were from the American wire services. I'm sure the British and French news services also have photos from their photographers that show the D-Day battles from their perspective.

Posted by M.J. Wilson June 8, 10 04:34 PM
124.

May God bless them all. How brave they were. Heartfelt thanks.

Posted by onthebanks June 8, 10 04:53 PM
125.

Any person who was involved with bringing Hitler and his followers down are all hero's. Those guys that hit those beaches, flew over them or landed behind them are more than hero's. I play tennis with one of them and every time I walk on the court with him I well up inside. He is such a great man. He would be a great man if he was Canadian, English, French, Russian or American.

Posted by Buddy in Washington State June 8, 10 05:03 PM
126.

#122: how typically arrogant American...

Posted by Marek June 8, 10 05:03 PM
127.

Folks, it would be good to remember a couple things.

First, Boston.com is based in the US. Telling all sides of the story takes time. They focused on the US side of the story, as I would expect Maclean's to focus on Canada's role, and the BBC on Britain's role.

Second, the boys and young men who fought and died did not know or care who came first, second, third or last. They fought, they died, and those of us alive today are the beneficiaries.

Best to just appreciate their valiant and final effort.

Posted by Paul Murdoch June 8, 10 05:11 PM
128.

@123 They do. And they include pictures all of the allies involved in the landings and don't try to pretend their country was the only one that made a sacrifice.

Europeans are all very grateful for the assistance given by the US last century. There's little doubt that most of Europe would be speaking either German or Russian if it weren't for that help. However, the re-writing of history, especially from Hollywood, can be a little galling.

Posted by Buggs June 8, 10 05:12 PM
129.

Nooit meer oorlog !!! Eeuwige dank aan de helden .

Posted by Raoul Goossens June 8, 10 05:25 PM
130.

Agree with #26. I leave in Normandy where the english, canadian and some little french was. But US people never talk of them. If you come in France don't forget to visit the allied cimetiery ...and aslo the deutch one in "La Cambe". Thank you to all one who liberate my 2 grand-mothers. For one of her it was english people and for the other it was american people.

Posted by Claire June 8, 10 05:28 PM
131.

My father was among those who landed at Omaha D-Day plus 2. He died in 2002, but had never talked much about the War. That summer during the months of his final illness, I asked him about the Invasion. While much of the active horror of D-Day had ended, he said, the aftermath was, itself, horrifying: bodies piled, destruction everywhere. I tried to pry into his mindset, to see what it was like for him and those innocent young men as they floated across the Channel to--to--to--What did they know? He said they were told that the Allies had endured "heavy casualties." That's what they knew. Did he ever ask himself, as he made that crossing, "What the &&%# am I doing here?" He was amused. "Sure. We were just doing what we were told."

To arrive on that scene, knowing that it was just the first day of unknown horror to follow, had to require a kind of courage that I cannot even begin to imagine. For him, and many others, much carnage lay ahead. He earned a Bronze Star at the Battle of the Bulge. I see his face in every one of these photos.

I suppose that only those who have ever served this great country in a war theater can appreciate and understand the kind of courage that my father and the thousands of other soldiers demonstrated that day, and continue to do so today. To those brave men and women, it is humbling to bow my head and say "Thank you and God Bless You."

Posted by A Grateful Son June 8, 10 05:28 PM
132.

para la juventud de hoy que no percibe el dolor y el sufrimiento, de esos años de horror.Todo por dejar que un personaje con sus dotes de orador se hiciera con el control absoluto de un pais. justo lo que esta pasando en cirto pais de suramerica.ojo juventud con dejarse llevar por ideas vanas.miren no mas el resultado.no dejen que la historia se repita.

Posted by sergio ortiz June 8, 10 06:16 PM
133.

Those soldiers had "cojones" to did that......Thank you is not enough....

Posted by Jaime Mercado June 8, 10 06:20 PM
134.

Merci aux alliés de tous pays d'être venus nous libérer.
Nous n'oublions pas leur sacrifice !!!

Posted by Christiane Alloin-Valat June 8, 10 06:21 PM
135.

Con la guerra, no se gana nada.

Solo muerte..... los unicos que ganan son aquellos lideres que engordan sus cuentas de ahorros, y cuyos hijos jamas se ponen un uniforme.

Posted by Edward Rios June 8, 10 06:27 PM
136.

Those were the days when ordinary men did an extraordinary and unforgettable work for the worldwide freedom. Our endless respect and thanks to them.

Posted by Citizen of the world June 8, 10 06:40 PM
137.

To those questioning why there are no photos of French or Canadian soldiers, perhaps the answer is that the photos shown were taken by Americans. If the French, who were mostly underground, or the Canadians have photos taken by their forces at the time, they should offer them up.

Oh by the way, have you been to WW2 cemetaries in Europe. Normandy, Luxemburg, and others. The dead are Americans. They do not outnumber the Germans.

Posted by Paul Boyenga June 8, 10 06:42 PM
138.

No More Wars !!!

Posted by Pablo June 8, 10 06:45 PM
139.

Thank you to those that served and those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Posted by Another forever grateful son June 8, 10 06:57 PM
140.

Heros lay on there, they didn't come back ...

Posted by 張旭 June 8, 10 07:49 PM
141.

Hommage à mon parrain et à tous ceux qui ont fait aussi celui de Dieppe

Posted by Eric C-Drolet June 8, 10 08:02 PM
142.

Lest We Forget.....

As most politicians nowadays find it easy to forget, in case it offends someone, somewhere. These soldiers died for the democracy we live in today. I feel a tinge of sadness that so many had to die, that their courageous efforts to of almost been in vain. Especially in the Europe of today.

War will come again soon enough methinks :o(

Posted by Tom, UK June 8, 10 08:17 PM
143.

we will never forget....merci!

Posted by Solene Lami June 8, 10 08:17 PM
144.

triste el horror de la guerra, de tantas personas que perdieron la vida, agradezco por estas fotos por que nos hace recordar, para rechazar toda clase de violencia.

Posted by fernando June 8, 10 08:29 PM
145.

THE GRAND-CHILD

[GC] Grand-Pa, those men over there daddy says are not ours, and are bad men, and to stay away from them, why is daddy say that?

[GP] Well, they are not ours they are American Troops of Foothold Occupation, your father may have use the wrong word by saying they were bad, they are more dangerous than bad, but your daddy is correct in saying you should stay away from them.

[GC] Grand-Pa what does Troops of Foothold Occupation mean?

[GP] Well, lets start out with Occupation, the word occupation in this case it mean they are staying in our country, a foothold is an iron grip on something, and troops are a fighting force, so if we put it all together they are a fighting force which is not ours, staying in our country, with an iron grip.

[GC] Oh! But all the family all my aunts and uncles and my other Grand-Pa and Grand-Ma, and all my friends and their families say they break our laws, and don’t belong here and should go home, they commit crimes like assault, robbery, drug possession, rape and murder, that they have weapons our government won’t let our soldiers have, they pollute the environment with noise from their planes, and other laws of our country they simply don’t obey.

[GP] Well, that’s a hard one, the answer is yes they do, do all those bad things, none of us want them in our country, and by reading blogs and their newspapers in our language on the computer even their own mothers and fathers don’t want them here, but after having [2] Two Wars with them and having been beaten [2] Two time by them with a great loss of life on both sides, their government and other governments feel that an iron grip has to be continued to make sure there isn’t another war with us. These are very dangerous individuals, and can do very bad things, and that’s why your father told you to steer clear of them.

[GC] Oh! But why did we go to war with them [2] two times?

[GP] Well, the short answer is wars happen when the politicians can’t do their jobs, and talk things out or have an agenda of their own, then war breaks out, but you will learn all about that in school.

[GC] Oh! Grand-Pa what’s an agenda?

[GP] It’s something they want to get done, something they want to do.

[GC] Grand-Pa, if their mommies and Daddies don’t want them here and we don’t want them here, why don’t they go home, can’t we just tell them to go home?

[GP] Well, it’s like with your mom and dad they tell you to go too your room, or wash your face and behind your ears you have to do it or your in big trouble, well if they don’t come here to place an iron grip on our country, then they will be in trouble, so they are doing what their government is telling them. We, that is our government does not have the authority to tell them to go home.

[GC] But, Grand-Pa you said that their families didn’t want them here either, so why doesn’t their government tell them to come home?

[GP] That’s a good question, an no one has an answer to that one, we simply don’t know when or if they will ever leave our country, one of their leaders a mommy by the name of Hillary Clinton, said they will leave when they decide to leave.

[GC] And, how long have they been here Grand-Pa?

[GP] As long as your Grand-father has lived.

[GC] But Grand-Pa, your OLD, really, really old, you mean they will be here that long?

[GP] Well, not all that old, but yes they could be, and maybe longer.

[GC] But, Grand-ma was talking to mom and said your so old that since you retired, and stopped working so has everything else, she told mom that you can’t see without your glass’s, you can’t hear worth beans without your hearing aides, you teeth aren’t yours, you use a walking stick and say it’s what elderly men do, but she say’s you need it to walk, and if it wasn’t for the little blue pill nothing would work at all, and that only works for a very short time, you mean that long?

[GP] Oh! Your Grand-mother and mother said that about me, well were just going to have to have a little chat about that, your Grand-mother, mother and Grand-Pa, sorry but yes, and when you have a Grand-child you better remember this conversation, it may or may not help you explain why those dangerous men are still in our country.

[GC] Well, I think they are BAD! And they should GO HOME!

[GM-Grand-mother] Dear, his mother is here to pick the child up.

[GP] Look, why don’t you go out in the back yard for a little while and play, Oh, Sweetheart, why don’t you and Pumpkin come in here, we have something to discuss, Old, OLD MY FOOT!

HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN
HERC

Posted by HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN June 8, 10 08:45 PM
146.

Any retreating army killed all livestock it could not take, and also burned any crops in fields, so as to not feed the enemy.
My Father was one of 5 brothers - 4 were there and the youngest was in the Navy helping to supply them.

Posted by James June 8, 10 09:00 PM
147.

Acho muito bonito e respeitoso manter estas lembranças de homens honrados que lutaram para um mundo livre.

Posted by Fernando Cesar Alves June 8, 10 09:21 PM
148.
Posted by Anonymous June 8, 10 09:25 PM
149.

Siento una emoción profunda al ver aquellos hombres que sobrevivieron y que hoy conmemoran. Tengo un gran respeto por su gesto digno y altivo: por su ejemplo.

Posted by Julián Gómez June 8, 10 09:35 PM
150.

Gracias al Boston Globe.Los pueblos que olvidan su historia están condenados a repetirla. Ojalá la hubieran recordado quienes decidieron invadir Iraq o Afganistán, o quienes hoy mantienen en gueto de Gaza

Posted by Eduardo Gallardo June 8, 10 09:37 PM
151.

merci merci merci.

Posted by augustin June 8, 10 09:55 PM
152.

Mis respetos y agardecimientos a esos valientes heroes del mundo que pelearon por la libertad del planeta.
Ojalá las personas hoy día nunca olviden a estos valientes heroes y sus dirigentes que con personalidad enfrentaron tan dura lucha y sacrificio. Y que JAMAS se vuelva a repetir este infierno para la humanidad.
My respects and thanks to those brave heroes of the world that fought for the freedom of the planet.
I wish people today never forget these brave heroes and their leaders who fought so hard personality struggle and sacrifice. And that NEVER happens again this hell for humanity.
Mes respects et Merci à ces héros courageux du monde qui ont combattu pour la liberté de la planète.
Je voudrais que les gens d'aujourd'hui ne jamais oublier ces héros courageux et de leurs dirigeants qui se sont battus si dur combat de la personnalité et le sacrifice. Et cela ne se reproduise jamais cet enfer pour l'humanité.
Мое почтение и благодарность тем, отважные герои мира, которые боролись за свободу нашей планеты.
Я желаю народу сегодня, никогда не забыть этих храбрых героев и их лидеров, которые сражались так трудно бороться личности и жертвы. И это никогда не повторилось этот ад для человечества.

Posted by Javiv June 8, 10 10:03 PM
153.

El Dia D convirtio a todos los soldados aliados, sin excepciòn, en hèroes. No vivieron en vano. Lucharon por la humanidad. desde Casanare, provincia oriental de Colombia, solo les expreso a travès de mis palabras !Gracias !

Posted by Oscar Medina Gomez June 8, 10 10:13 PM
154.

Estas fotos muestran el coraje y decision del ser humano ante la opresion e injusticia.
Un agradecimiento a todas las personas que participaron de esta pagina de la historia, su legado nunca se olvidara.

Posted by Juan Carlos June 8, 10 10:14 PM
155.

Re AP caption: "John Kessler (right) of the 29th Infantry 116th Infantry Division, salutes the colors during the National D-Day Memorial's memorial ceremony on the 66th Anniversary of D-Day in Bedford, Virginia on June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/The News & Advance, Kim Raff)"

There was no US 116th Infantry Division in France. As the gentleman's shirt embroidery indicates, he was with the 116th Regiment, part of the 29th Division.

Posted by Clark Irwin June 8, 10 10:29 PM
156.

Those americans, british, canadians, free french, norwegians, even german civilians and military who opposed to the 3rd Reich, all of them who did everything and risked their lives for a free world... all of them: They were true Heroes, we should never forget them :)

Posted by Spamzer June 8, 10 11:21 PM
157.

from christopher columbus to neil armstrong: europe and their descendents dominated the earth for 500 years.
age of reasen rennaissance scientific revolution
parliament democracy free vote women's right to vote
industrial revolut. Colonialism worldwide.
world war I war war II. Adolf Hitler. Concentration camps in Europe. Slavery in USA. Plus-Minus Good/Bad/Ugly
We must know the turth. We must seek the truth. We must examine Europe as is, Truth, Not cherished fantasy

Posted by Winston Churchill June 8, 10 11:27 PM
158.

Picture #39...you can't describe in words..

Thanks to all for sharing the great and most emotional pictures..

Posted by putra heights MALAYSIA June 8, 10 11:28 PM
159.

from christopher columbus to neil armstrong: europe and their descendents dominated the earth for 500 years.
age of reasen rennaissance scientific revolution
parliament democracy free vote women's right to vote
industrial revolut. Colonialism worldwide.
world war I war war II. Adolf Hitler. Concentration camps in Europe. Slavery in USA. Plus-Minus Good/Bad/Ugly
We must know the turth. We must seek the truth. We must examine Europe as is, Truth, Not cherished fantasy

Posted by Winston Churchill June 8, 10 11:28 PM
160.

As an American Paratrooper (Viet Nam era) it gives great pride to see those men who set the standards for those of us who followed. These photos give real meaning to our motto "All the way, and then some"

Posted by Rich June 8, 10 11:40 PM
161.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

Posted by Peter Mason June 8, 10 11:44 PM
162.

Good versus Evil ... Good always wins.

Posted by Dennis June 8, 10 11:56 PM
163.

My first souvenir of D-Day was when i was still leaving in France. I was 7 and attenting public school. When we came that day in class, In big letter was written : "6 juin 1944, debarquement des allies en Normandie". My teacher, an old fashion "instituteur' who was himself around 10 at the time of the debarquement. We all got up from our seat and we observe a minute of silence out of respect for all the soldiers that had given up their lives for us, the people of France. All quiet, fixing my teacher that had begin to swept tears. That was the first time in my life that i saw a grown up man cried... Then he went long details on how, where and when all the aalied came to rescue us from evil Like Hitler. You can't forget something like taht.

Posted by Phil Chris, Monterey CA. June 9, 10 12:00 AM
164.

@161
Because evil comes from angel..

EVERYTHING HAS COME TO AN END.

FORGET ABOUT THE PAST.

SURRENDER NOW BEFORE GOD.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL FRIEND!

Posted by denhut June 9, 10 12:26 AM
165.

Looks more like remembering US Solders Only.

RIP all those who died irrespective of the country they fought for.

Peace.

Posted by Sriram June 9, 10 12:42 AM
166.

the commemoration is nostalgic - both sad & refreshing perhaps - that war is over...over & over again...at the beach front or at the home front...but, the courage of the men & women of ww2 is well entrenched in deepest gratitude...what would life been if Hitler prevailed? unimaginable slaughter of the race...thanks...God Bless

Posted by cnarf jeca June 9, 10 12:42 AM
167.

It never ceases to irritate me in that there were five invasion beaches - Gold, Juno, Sword, Omaha and Utah - and all we ever see or hear about are the latter two.
Honestly, it is no wonder that (a) many Americans think they were the only ones at D-Day and (b) many from other nations get royally p****d-off by this bias towards the USA whenever D-Day is depicted.

To balance the equation, how about a pictorial on the rest of the protagonists?

Posted by Trevor Dubbo June 9, 10 02:13 AM
168.

I've linked this site to a couple of fora. Those pictures are... I don't know the wright word in english... But amazing and terrifying at the same time...
I don't really care if those people on the photos were US or British or whatever. They fought and died for our liberation and freedom. Those troops didn't care about politics and neither do I. I only have great respect for those poeple.

Posted by Anonymous June 9, 10 02:18 AM
169.

I recently met a man who was part of the Belgian resistance in Oostende Belgium. He spoke English and kept his townspeople informed about the advancements of the Allied troops. When the Allies got close, he emerged from hiding in a deserted town, waiting for the Americans to show up. He was eventually met by a lone Canadian soldier. His only regret is that he never learned that soldier's name.

We Americans focus on our country's efforts in the Normandy invasion. One visit to the area will confirm that many countries participated and all of them should be proud of what they accomplished.

Posted by Anonymous June 9, 10 02:23 AM
170.

Thanks from Italy.

Posted by Laura June 9, 10 02:50 AM
171.

D-day 最长的一天,诺曼底登陆66周年,永远怀念第二次世界大战的英雄们,也希望战争远离人们的身边。

Posted by greenwork June 9, 10 03:30 AM
172.

Pictures tell a thousand words.. Thanks for sharing such great pictures...

Posted by Ang Chin Seng from Singapore June 9, 10 03:37 AM
173.

where area the russian part?

thay have one part in this history or not?

Posted by Bob June 9, 10 03:49 AM
174.

Merci a tous ceux qui ont sacrifiés leurs vie pour nous.
Great Pictures
Never forget

Posted by Cedric Lahterman June 9, 10 05:23 AM
175.

what are those flying things looking lige huge bombs over ships?

Posted by 123 June 9, 10 05:24 AM
176.

thanks to all those brave people. They fought for people they never knew and gave their lives so a whole continent may be freed from nazi terror. They are true heroes! May the people of Europe never forget what the US, Canada, GB and the UDSSR did in those years for us.

Posted by David June 9, 10 05:29 AM
177.

J'avais 14 ans quand eut lieu ce débarquement. On n'a pas le droit de l'oublier. Moi je n'oublierai jamais ces soldats alliés, en particulier américains, qui sont venus pour nous libérer de la barbarie nazi.
L'Amérique peut faire actuellement des erreurs et être l'objet de critiques...qu'importe, le 6 juin 1944 ses soldats étaient là...ils mouraient pour nous et pour la liberté. Pensons-y...

Posted by Bernard June 9, 10 05:31 AM
178.

Whatever the politics - and I believe they were much more complex than we are led to believe these days - nothing can diminish the efforts made by the men who made that landing and even though only 1400 of the 100's of thousands that took part on the first day were Australians I am proud that they were there, and so were they. The soldiers who fight these world changing battles are rarely concerned with the politics of it all - they generally act on faith that their respective leaders have made the right choices on there behalf, and just want to get the bloody job done. That certainly applies here. It took enormous courage to jump out of those LCA's into a fire storm - imagine also the courage it took to stay and man a position in the face of that mighty fleet. "Bout time we all got together and worked out who the real enemy is, so we never have to do this all again...

Posted by Dave June 9, 10 06:18 AM
179.

@125. I totally agree. These men and women who fought and worked all around the world to rid the world of the Axis oppression do not belong to one nationality. They are the heroes of the world and without them most of us would not be here. God bless all of them and remind us all what they did everyday so we will never forget.

Posted by Paul D June 9, 10 07:14 AM
180.

Simplement merci.

Posted by Dominique June 9, 10 07:54 AM
181.

Solo queda dar las gracias a estos valientes hombres que en muchos casos sus nombres quedaron en el anonimato...
Y esperemos que la humanidad haya aprendido la lección y que no se vuelva a repetir esto nunca jamas...
Mi mas profundo respeto y un sentido homenaje a ellos...

Posted by Aldo Ruggiero June 9, 10 08:10 AM
182.

Merci, Merci peuple américain pour notre liberté retrouvée !
Votre sacrifice est inoubliable pour des siècles...
Il se peut que la politique politicienne nous éloigne quelquefois,
Mais JAMAIS nous, français n' avons confondu le peuple américain avec quelques uns de ses gouvernants du passé.
Merci !
God bless US army, ses fantassins, ses parachutistes, ses "engineers", ses aviateurs et ses marins !

Posted by Honnorat Jean claude June 9, 10 08:20 AM
183.

Phenomenal photos. There's real beauty in them. But what a horrific experience it must have been for the soldiers fighting on both sides.

While many bemoan the lack of courage and honour in today's youth when compared with those who lived then, I think we have to remember that we currently live in very blessed times.

Posted by Ed Cooper Clarke June 9, 10 08:23 AM
184.

Merci à ces jeunes soldats dont la plupart avait tout juste 18-20 ans, qui ont donné leur sang pour nous redonner la liberté.
Quand on revient comme au cimetière de la pointe du hoc, c'est très émouvant... toutes ces croix alignées dans un paysage si paisible maintenant... alors que 66 ans plutôt, cette côte a été le théâtre d'une boucherie... quelle contraste saisissant.
Evidemment en Normandie, nous ne sommes pas près d'oublier le sacrifice de ces hommes et aussi les victimes civiles.
A cette anniversaire, il faut penser à des drames qui ont été moins médiatiques mais plus sanglants comme celles qui à eu lieu au front de l'est, la bataille du dniepr en 1943 qui a fait entre 1 700 000 et 2 700 000 morts.

Posted by David D. June 9, 10 08:39 AM
185.

@Dave(178) "Bout time we all got together and worked out who the real enemy is, so we never have to do this all again..."

Most people aren't ready to look in the mirror.

Posted by martin June 9, 10 08:57 AM
186.

* Maravilhosas e emocionantes fotos.
* Images merveilleuses et passionnantes.
* Прекрасный и захватывающей картины.

Posted by Jefferson - Fortaleza-Ceará-Brasil June 9, 10 09:10 AM
187.

I was born in 1949. My father served in the war mostly in Egypt. He never spoke of the war. These pictures and comments have made me weep. How young and brave these men/boys were. I pray that nothing like this ever happens again. God bless them all.

Posted by Maggie June 9, 10 09:35 AM
188.

Fotos sensacionais, mais uma vez parabéns.

Posted by Renato Santos June 9, 10 10:09 AM
189.

Des sacrifices pour la Liberté que le temps n'efface pas. Du présent tout le temps in memoriam

Posted by madeira diarra June 9, 10 10:35 AM
190.

Excellent pictures - thank you.

I have been to see some of the war graves. Something everyone should do.

Are there remembrance celebrations each year at Bayeux?

Posted by Julie June 9, 10 10:37 AM
191.

My grandfather was there...he was made a Chevalier by France last year. Here's his Library of Congress page:

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.01930/

Pretty incredible to think about...what the hell was I doing when I was a teenager/in my early 20's? Getting drunk and messing around with girls...these guys were off literally saving the world. Just amazing.

Posted by Craig Howe, NYC June 9, 10 10:39 AM
192.

good morning....
the article is very interestating. I like the history and the pictures are excelents.

The people ever remmember the war with a ussefull very important in the history of the humanity

Posted by Diego June 9, 10 11:07 AM
193.

I see this set of photos.....all of which are incredible, and almost all of them I have never seen before....as an homage to everyone who fought against the axis powers during WWII. My father served during the war and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and spent 7 months in a German POW camp, an experience that we now know left him with PTSD for the remainder of his life. In fact, it probably was the cause of his death.

War is truly horrific, and no one who endures it is ever the same, nor do they ever escape it's impact. Knowing this, and the sacrifices made during this war by these men and women from half the world that fought the axis powers , could we please refrain from comments designed to use their sacrifice as a jumping off point for other agendas. I am as liberal as the next person, and detest war, but theirs was truly a holy sacrifice against the most terrible tyranny possible. Let us honor their heroism, commitment and yes, their sacrifice, and not cheapen it by cliched outcries for dubious purposes. Let them all , living and dead, remain forever with the unsullied honor they richly deserve.

Posted by Jim Davis June 9, 10 11:28 AM
194.

I wish the world today would appreciate the sacrifices made by American and British troops amongst others to free Europe. The world has a short memory.

Thanks to them I am able to enjoy a free life.

Posted by Keith Armstrong June 9, 10 11:41 AM
195.

Merci les Etats-Unis pour notre liberté ! Ces sacrifices resteront inoubliables.

Posted by Pascal June 9, 10 11:52 AM
196.

.....No way we can ever, ever adequately thank those involved......

Posted by Donald V. Merrifield June 9, 10 12:01 PM
197.

Those 10 German prisoners were probably the most relieved men on that beach - for them, the war was over. Beat being in Russia !

Posted by Perkins June 9, 10 12:40 PM
198.

The majority of the dying that day was American and German troops followed by civilians. Fortunately the Brits, Canadians, and free French didn't face as much resistance.

Posted by Joe June 9, 10 12:55 PM
199.

Check this out....

Posted by michael June 9, 10 01:21 PM
200.

10 German Prisoners i can't just see 8 the other 2 are Us troopes.
and tho the liberators thanks. But what about the other 80 wars afther the second world war??

Posted by yvan June 9, 10 01:28 PM
201.

This is about America's participation in D Day, so of course the pictures are of American troops. This is not rocket science folks, so comments about the photos not showing other countries like Russia is pretty ignorant. The people complaining about this are the kind of folks that want to trash America, and would complain no matter what. The hell with those fools. Thank heavens for the greatest generation that were a tough breed of people that lived through tough times, including the depression, just to find themselves in a world war. Whether it's the soldiers fighting on the front line, our the folks here at home doing their part and making sacrifices to win the war, they truly were the greatest generation.


Posted by Bigmikey June 9, 10 01:29 PM
202.

je suis née en 1962 bien apres le 6 juin 44 .pas beaucoup de mots a dire si ce n#est Merci Messieurs merci au anglais et au USA avec leurs Boys...
chan

Posted by chan June 9, 10 01:44 PM
203.

Freedom is not free!
All gave some, some gave all.
We must never forget what it takes to defend liberty.

Posted by Dan June 9, 10 01:58 PM
204.

@106 " What is going on these days that we cannot stop fighting each other?" - the oil

Posted by Jumping Jack June 9, 10 02:26 PM
205.

Thank you for your brave efforts in keeping America safe, & God Bless you all who lived & died in this conflict. May this not ever happen again!!

Posted by George J. Anargyros June 9, 10 02:46 PM
206.

The images were sobering. My father landed on Omaha Beach, and he felt lucky to have lived through it!! I can't imagine what those soldiers confronted. Thanks to all of the soldiers in every war. My father died on September 27, 2004 at the age of 81. He would have loved to have seen these images now.

Posted by Lou Ann Fisher June 9, 10 03:11 PM
207.

nomes GRACIES a tots els homes que van participar en l´allibarement de tot un continent. la meva admiraciò per estar allà.

una forta abraçada als supervivents i un record als caiguts

Posted by Jordi June 9, 10 03:50 PM
208.

la meva admiració mes gran als homes que van alliberar tot un continent. una abraçada als supervivents i un recòrd als caiguts.

Posted by Jordi June 9, 10 03:55 PM
209.

There are some petty, arrogant people commenting on this page. Is it really unusual for an American website to publish pictures highlighting the American involvement in WW2? Is it really arrogant for American movies to highlight American involvement in WW2? Did www.boston.com ever claim that this pictorial was intended to provide an international perspective on WW2? Get over yourselves.

Posted by Humble Pie June 9, 10 06:01 PM
210.

@209 Is it really arrogant for American movies to highlight American involvement in WW2? Yes it is. When the movies change history to embellish US achievements.

Posted by Buggs June 9, 10 06:48 PM
211.

Any WWII vets etc check out this site that has been kept up to date and the lady who does it all has done an amazing job doing it.
http://www.486th.org/Assn/

Posted by Jim Phillips June 9, 10 07:04 PM
212.

I read recently that the veterans of World War II are now dying at the rate of 1,000 PER DAY as their mortality catches up with them....please don't waste your chance to meet, thank or even hug a veteran for his/her service to the world....you may never get another chance....regardless of nationality, those veterans who fought for their own liberty and the liberty of strangers, exemplify the highest standard of moral character and selflessness that mankind can aspire to. Each and every one of them should leave this world knowing that we are proud of them, owe them everything and their sacrafices shall not be forgotten.

Posted by Mark Harrington June 9, 10 07:05 PM
213.

AND LOOK AT THE WAY OUR GREAT AND WONDERFUL ALLIES TREAT AND THINK OF US NOW. ESPECIALLY FRANCE. WHAT A SLAP IN ALL OUR AMERICAN FACES

Posted by Jim Phillips June 9, 10 07:10 PM
214.

In the words of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz:

"Horror... Horror...."

Posted by Hacha June 9, 10 10:34 PM
215.

Buggs at 210: I think you misunderstand the concept of a movie.

Posted by Humble Pie June 9, 10 11:19 PM
216.

#213: If it wasn't for the French and Polish people, the USA wouldn't be an independent state in the first place. And BTW if your American educational system is not a complete failure by now, try to recall whom did you get the Statue of Liberty from. Your move.

Posted by Marek June 10, 10 12:40 AM
217.


"175what are those flying things looking lige huge bombs over ships?
Posted by 123 June 9, 2010 05:24 AM"

They are barrage balloons (filled with hydrogen) and were used to deter low-level attacks (straffing or dive-bombing) by enemy aircraft.

Posted by Trevor Dubbo June 10, 10 01:36 AM
218.

Allan,
Thanks for your article on D-Day. My Dad is in Picture # 24.
Lt. Ben Berger with U.S. Ranger. He is on the left side on the concrete
slab facing forward. He recieved the Silver Star and last year the French
Legion of Honor from the French Ambassador. He is one of the last living
World War II Ranger. Yes, he will be ninety on Sunday, June 20th.
I visit with my Dad, five years ago on D-Day, the Omaha and Utah Beaches were he was honored.


Posted by Steve Berger June 10, 10 01:48 AM
219.

Oltre che ringraziare ,bisogna ricordargli per sempre.

Posted by mick June 10, 10 03:51 AM
220.

Oltre che ringraziare ,bisogna ricordargli per sempre.

Posted by mick June 10, 10 03:55 AM
221.

The Second World War was organized by UK and USA against Soviet Union. They gave money to Hitler and raised him with just one aim - to kill russian people and own their natural resources.
And that's true. All you know about Second World War is just propaganda and nothing more.

Posted by Piska-delo June 10, 10 04:21 AM
222.

Thanks to brave men who came home and gave me the freedom I enjoy today and God Bless all the men that fell on that day, for each man serves his own God, and in the end we will be judged for that. We are mere mortals and no one can take away the courage it takes it to fight for what one believes in. The sad point of this is, the world that these men fought and died to preserve, still hasn't come to the conclusion as President Kennedy once said, we live on the same planet, breathe the same air and want basically the same things for our families. For being such a smart creatures, humans could learn allot from their animal relatives

Posted by Jim Wood June 10, 10 07:11 AM
223.

Seriously Marek, take your commie comments somewhere else. Poland has nothing to do with USA being created, Jesus, Poland hardly existed when it happened. The Statue of Liberty was donated by the French, unveiled in 1886. Does your argument make any sense? Considering that you grew up behind the Iron Courtain it's rather ironic that you critisize the American education system, your communistic education system in Poland was way worse than the American system is. Just the fact that you wrote that 2000 soldiers were killed by 1 German soldier on D-Day says something about the quality of your education. My grandfather escaped from Poland to Sweden after the war, and he had a little saying when he heard something which was bisarre: "What, you heard that on the Polish radio?"

Piska-delo, WTF?! Go to your shrink and get your head examined.

Brett from Canada: Actually, the Korean war wasn't like the Vietnam war. The enemy wasn't a guerilla, they were lightly armed Chinese and North Koreans who fought a war which had come to a stalemate. It wasn't a stalemate only for the Americans and their allies, but for both sides.


I agree that it is sad that we will hardly see a generation like that in our life time, but at the other hand, they fought to make sure that we wouldn't have to. After all, if a generation is to prove that it indeed is a great generation it has to fight that kind of war, and they fought to make sure we wouldn't have another World War. Besides, not everyone of that generation proved that they were great. The Germans were part of that generation to, and they hardly proved that they were a great generation.

Posted by Palaszewski June 10, 10 08:17 AM
224.

Normandy is hallowed ground for all that love freedom. I have been there several times, and I visited cemeteries that have British, Canadiens, Germans and Americans. Thanks, humility, admiration and sadness merge together in my emotions.

Posted by bill June 10, 10 08:22 AM
225.

My father was a pilot in 461 Sunderland Squadron (Australian Air Force) based in Southern England. They all knew about the build up to D-Day. When it happened in the early morning he and a mate took a trainer plane to have a look! Can you believe it? They were turned back by a Spitfire which let them know they did not have the right twin lines across their wings to be in the op. They thought better than to stay. But they did have a bird's-eye view for a few minutes. My father's comment was: "I'm glad I wasn't down there and thank God for the Yanks." I deplore the comment above about arrogant Americans. Thanks Yanks. But maybe do yourself a favour and stop producing TV series that position the USA as winning it on their own.

Posted by parky June 10, 10 08:34 AM
226.

And our pseudo leader apologizes for our past and our arrogance. We are merely proud, not arrogant, of our past and thankful for our past generations who died for everyone's freedoms.

Posted by Ann Carr June 10, 10 09:24 AM
227.

我不认识英文,看图片我知道是诺曼底登陆。

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 09:24 AM
228.

como sempre uma mentira por recursos naturais!

Posted by Rodrigo Coutinho June 10, 10 09:28 AM
229.

Why only Utah and Omaha beaches? Because that's where most of the resistance was. The other beaches didn't have it nearly so bad. Check out the casualties of each beach.. and Omaha was the worst by far.

Posted by Jerry Attrick June 10, 10 10:05 AM
230.

Comment #131: Yours are profound and wise words. Thanks for posting!!!

Posted by Rapakruda from Italy June 10, 10 10:18 AM
231.

Se Vi Pacum, Para Bellum...

Posted by James Hudson June 10, 10 11:42 AM
232.

I was only 3 years old in June 1944. My father was not in the military and I thank him for my being born! He is gone now, but as long as I live, I will never forget him.
Also, "THANK YOU SO MUCH" to all those who fought, lived and died in WW II and all the rest of the wars, fought by these United States, so that this country could help those who live in oppression, tyranny, dictatorship and persecution and can remain a symbol of FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY, on a planet, frought with those who would try to destroy it and those symbols!
Remember Memorial Day, Always. "Semper Fidelis"--Always Faithful

!

Posted by TONY WARREN June 10, 10 11:56 AM
233.

Merci pour ce sacrifice. J'apprécie chaque journée de paix de mon pays et remercie ce qui ont tout donné pour me l'offrir.

Thank you so much for this sacrifice. Every day I think about peoples (Americans, britishs, frenchies, etc, but also russians and arabs and more) that have given everything to allow me to enjoy peace and freedom.

Vincent, 24, from France.

Posted by Vincent M June 10, 10 02:01 PM
234.

Maybe somebody should give patriotic Kessler,Greg Hallets book, Hitler was a Secret British Agent.'
That is the only way your gonna stop future wars. To educate the people in all countries that the Royal Elite start and control all wars and have done for the last 10'000 years at least. Now thats real history. Bushes Gandad was involved in the supply of finance to the Nazi's from American Banks. And then the whole Communists fiasco following the end of WW2. Russia & America were never enemies until the Secret Society's aggitated up false storys. The Russian Szar was handing power back to the people, and thats why they killed the Russian Royals, and got America into the so-called Cold War. On and on we go, killing people we never met who also are children without a clue as to real history.

Posted by vibe June 10, 10 03:02 PM
235.

QUE DIOS BENDIGA AQUELLAS ALMAS QUE LES TOCO TAN DURA LUCHA, ES IMPRECIONANTE VER ESTAS FOTOS YA QUE SOLAMENTE MIS ABUELOS ME CONTARON LA HISTORIA...
EXCELENTE MATERIAL

Posted by ALEJANDRO VARGAS YACANTE June 10, 10 04:45 PM
236.

THANK YOU

Je ne sais pas si actuellement nombre de jeunes français auraient les tripes pour faire ce que vous avez fait pour nous.

Si nous sommes libres c'est bien grâce à tous ces jeunes qui ont péri pour nous et aussi à tous nos résistants

YOU CAN BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE ...

Posted by laurence G June 10, 10 04:53 PM
237.

LA GUERRA ES LA MAXIMA EXPRESION DE LA ESTUPIDES HUMANA.

Posted by MARIO DE LA FUENTE June 10, 10 04:54 PM
238.

For heavens sake Vibe, and all others who believe in those conspiration theories: You're simply nuts. Learn some real history if you are so desperate for attention.

Posted by Palaszewski June 10, 10 04:58 PM
239.

#223: Polish Brethern and Heinrich Severloh (aka "Omaha Beats") did in fact exist, take it for granted. So, have you been to Poland recently or are you sticking to what your father used to see in 1946?

Posted by Marek June 10, 10 05:16 PM
240.

@229 Utah beach had the fewest casualties of all beaches. Juno Sword and Gold combined suffered as much and more as Omaha. Omaha in isolation got it the worst, no doubt, but the Brits and Canadians got their fair share too.

Posted by buggs June 10, 10 10:41 PM
241.

we salute you

Posted by anon June 11, 10 01:42 AM
242.

It's an American website so of course it focuses on American accomplishments that day. Get over it. Canadian, British, (free) Poles and French newspapers and media also commemorated that day to salute our (their) contributions.

I believe the whole point of the picture essay was to remember the efforts of the allies this day, and this was done to the national audience.

Stop bitching and remember the sacrifice.

Posted by Garland June 11, 10 02:43 AM
243.

Genial reportaje, lamentables sucesos

Posted by Pepe Raya June 11, 10 02:49 AM
244.

Salute to them who from shanghai of china and now living Bahrain.

Posted by jiang June 11, 10 06:41 AM
245.

I was just there for the 66th Aniversary and Jumped from a C-47 on St Mere and Agonville DZ. On the 5th and 6th of June.

Posted by Jeff June 11, 10 08:29 AM
246.

Tristes lembranças de uma (outra) época bárbara onde a ganância pelo poder resultou na morte de homens que lutaram para que o mundo pudesse retomar sua vida normal...
Será que aprendemos a lição?!
Otimo material que deve continuar exposto para reflexões!

Posted by Jorge Amaro Bastos Alves June 11, 10 10:09 AM
247.

Alas. The victory was temporary, as were the lessons learned. Hostile nations re-emerge, led by psychopathic leaders, to torment humanity. When will the last bomb be detonated...the final shot sounded?

Posted by Jerry Solomon June 11, 10 10:14 AM
248.

Que a humanidade aprenda com seus erros ...Porém o importante que algumas pessoas não passam em vão por esta vida, mas dedicam suas vidas a transformar e a melhorar o mundo.

Posted by elias h jordão June 11, 10 10:36 AM
249.

What a poignant and stirring visual essay the Boston Globe has provided to all of us. Whether the corpses that lie before all our view are of a certain nationality matters not to them anymore. And whether one beach at Normandy suffered greater casualties more than another also matters little to those whose spirit will never quite leave the grains of sand they fell upon.

The blood of all Allied troops shed at Normandy on June 6, 1944 have long since been reclaimed by the earth, and yet a small part of each of them will always remain - as a testament to the futility and ugliness of war. It is now up to the rest of us to never forget and to honor all those who paid the supreme sacrifice on that fatefull day in June and where so many will remain forever young.

Posted by A Proud American June 11, 10 11:52 AM
250.

beautiful collection....thank you very much.....:)

Posted by Raja Shekhar June 11, 10 01:47 PM
251.

My uncle Al served in the pacific and I was born in '42. I grew up learning the truth about our country and it's history. Keep your faith and hope in those who served and those who are giving their lives now for each of our freedoms. Keep looking forward in hopes that our country will remain strong through those young ones who believe as we all should.

Posted by Linda June 11, 10 02:17 PM
252.

Sunday, i ll put flowers on 4 GI Bodies like each year. I ve chosen 4 of them all for remembrance and to say thank you to them for their sacrifice.

R I P

Posted by David June 11, 10 03:14 PM
253.

Why were they dubbed the Greatest Generation?

Because they were.

My Uncle was shot down and killed over the English Channel in 1944. My father was in US Army Air Corps air support so he did not go over until several days after D-Day; to his dying day he pretty much never talked to me about what he went through over there. All I knew was that he had gone through St. Lô and St. Mère-Église. Seeing these photos of St. Lô for the first time, I can understand his silence.

The most poignant thing for me is using Google Translate to translate all the comments in French here. To the last one they are all thankful to us for having liberated France. I think that pretty much sums it up. (I cringe every time I read stupid things like "Freedom Fries". The French *people* Understand.)

Posted by Greg June 11, 10 05:39 PM
254.

Thanks to you all ~ & especially those that didn't make it ~ We WILL remember them.

Posted by Johnny Barden June 11, 10 11:09 PM
255.

Thank you to all men and women that give us the freedom. Rest in peace.

Posted by Pete June 12, 10 02:50 AM
256.

Theres a ghastly spine tingling element in all these pictures, as if the whole civilization as we know had collapsed.
The whole Allied War machine advancing, the sea faring armada, corpses of farm animals , destroyed railway stations all are harrowing reminders how Man despite all his progress can set the world on fire.

Posted by Raheel June 12, 10 05:39 AM
257.

Awesome pictures that show what a great effort the D-Day invasion was and, unfortunately, the cost in human lives on both sides. Thank God for those brave young men who sacrificed so much to free their fellowmen and save the World from the tyranny of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and other similar repressive governments. As a Vietnam Vet, I appreciate to the depths of my soul what the men in these photos went through. God bless them all!

Posted by Leo Willess June 12, 10 11:24 AM
258.

That brilliant time is farther and farther from us
Salute to old soldiers !

Posted by paobo June 12, 10 12:37 PM
259.

Parabéns aos idealizadores deste trabalho. Que, com estas fotos, a humanidade relembre dos atos ocorridos e que possa viver mais em harmonia. Deixar de lado as injustiças, as diferenças, os interesses únicos e não da coletividade e que possamos ter condições de criar um mundo cada vez melhor.

Posted by Cláudio Leonardo Urban. June 12, 10 12:42 PM
260.

We are so lucky that subsequent generations have not had to live through a world war since 1945. I for one feel thankful that every single person in the free western world rallied to the challenge to face the oppressor. No one nation should put itself above others.

Thanks to the editor for sharing these photos with us all as a reminder of why the world is the free place we all enjoy today.

As for some of the comments on here from some of the eastern europeans, you should be ashamed of your comments and yourself. Read a real factual western account of the war and feel ashamed or your country

Posted by Mark June 12, 10 03:39 PM
261.

We are so lucky that subsequent generations have not had to live through a world war since 1945. I for one feel thankful that every single person in the free western world rallied to the challenge to face the oppressor. No one nation should put itself above others.

Thanks to the editor for sharing these photos with us all as a reminder of why the world is the free place we all enjoy today.

As for some of the comments on here from some of the eastern europeans, you should be ashamed of your comments and yourself. Read a real factual western account of the war and feel ashamed or your country

Posted by Mark June 12, 10 03:46 PM
262.

Awesome pictures.

#39 and #42 very emotional

Posted by Wouter June 12, 10 04:40 PM
263.

Allons enfants de la patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrive

and stuff like that

we with y'all ... pas de quoi

and thanx beaucoups for the champagne

Posted by Ted Cushman June 12, 10 06:28 PM
264.

Remember the America these men gave their lives for and the hardships their family's had to endure, compared to America today and the stinking leadership we have that shows no respect for this county as is trying to undermine it values and suppress its people. Let us rise in November and get our country back on track. It will take the same guts and support that these pictures display. Out story is not over unless we say it is. May God give us all the strength and courage to make the sacrifices required to get us back on track, and provide us with true leadership and devotion to the cause.
Meanwhile let us thank Him for every day for the strength to carry on..

Posted by J Brown June 13, 10 01:32 AM
265.

Thank you Boston Globe for posting these pictures, it reminds all of us of past sacrifices and should make us all reflect on what is really important in life. We owe all those who fought a debt of gratitude.

On the nightly news I see yet more reports on Afghanistan and body bags with US and UK soldiers seemingly taking the brunt of the fighting. May be some of our other 1944 allies will also take time to reflect and decide that once again they need to stand up and fight once more for the freedoms that were won on that day.

Posted by Marcus (UK) June 13, 10 05:02 AM
266.

#261: what exactly should I be ashamed for? For Roosevelt trading Polish freedom during Yalta Conference?
As I wrote before: all the young men that sacrificed their lives deserve deepest respect. Meanwhile, all the people behind the Iron Curtain were left isolated and sold by Western Allies for 50 years within dark, gloomy and opressive communist regime so that the other part of Europe had its best time.
So, what exactly should I be ashamed for?

Posted by Marek June 13, 10 05:52 AM
267.

I agree that the American influence throughout media always prevails and ignores the participation of other countries - why can't Americans be more fair and less centred around themselves when relating history??

It is not "political" (as some posters suggest), to expect that ALL who contributed on D-Day should be remembered and honoured for doing their patriotic duty, rather than just the Americans. Forget the politics and let's be simply plain fair and square and honour all by remembering all, that is by acknowledging all of the landings on ALL of the beaches by ALL of the forces, not just the Americans!.

Posted by Dinger June 13, 10 03:29 PM
268.

Trevor, its boston.com, not WWII allied nations.com . A national bias would be evident in any paper.

Posted by John June 13, 10 04:15 PM
269.

Viendo estas fotos historicas, reales, viendo tanto dolor, tan colosal movimiento para liberar a un continente, viendo a esos jovenes dando la vida por la libertad, hoy ya ansianos y con esas caras llenas de arrugas y esa mirada perdida en el cielo tal ves recordando el horror, tal ves imaginando un mañan aun mejor..... como no vamos a poder mejorar un mundo tan conflictivo como el que hoy tenemos si esos HOMBRES torcieron la historia y llevaron la libertad a un continente demolido....
La esperanza de un mundo mejor JAMAS LA PERDEREMOS.....
Gracias por esta obra de esperanza. Gabriel, Mendoza, Argentina

Posted by Gabriel Bartolomé Belmonte Alonso June 13, 10 06:03 PM
270.

Brett from Canada @ 223:
The Korean War was started by the North Korean government making a border crossing into the territory of the South Korean government. (across the 38th parallel). The NKA was a well armed, well trained army (many of whom fought for the Japanese in China) going against a poorly equipped, poorly led army of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The NKA made serious inroads into the south, and nearly pulled off a complete victory. After UN Forces got their act together, the NKA was driven deeply back. When it looked like the UN would come to, or cross the Yalu, China (PRC) came into the act. Following a semi-orderly retirement to the 38th, the war settled into a stalemate until some truce could be worked out.
I would not call it a guerillla war in any way. In my opinion the VietNam war started as a guerilla war but soon morphed into a more "conventional" war - at least for that part of the world.

Posted by John Gilhuly June 13, 10 08:04 PM
271.

I believe those balloons on stings where barrage balloons ...there to keep aircraft from coming in low to fire on the allies...it would from what i was told hook onto the wings and cause them damage or some crashing,..and may have also upon snagging one would draw upward some explosive to increase damage...

Posted by Roadracer17 June 13, 10 10:37 PM
272.

the horror that is war, is a symptom of the state.

Posted by negator June 14, 10 12:33 AM
273.

@175 They are called Barrage balloon and they were used to defend against low-level attack by aircraft

Posted by Pete June 14, 10 09:33 AM
274.

At the beginning of the WWII, Russia and Germany are alliances.

Posted by TREE June 14, 10 10:17 AM
275.

I've cried while watching pic #42

MERCI to all the soldiers who were there, giving their life for Freedom.

La France n'oubliera jamais !

Posted by A French Guy June 14, 10 11:40 AM
276.

Très émouvant. Merci.

Posted by Julien June 14, 10 09:53 PM
277.

My father was at Omaha Beach on D-day as a DUKW driver(amphibious truck). I went over for the 60th anniversary five years ago. President Bush made a statement that I'll never forget while speaking at the American cemetery. He said, " These boys buried here paid a debt that they didn't owe!" That says alot when the French have such short memories.

Posted by Hugh Kennedy June 14, 10 10:15 PM
278.

Jim Davis - comment 193.Yes, honor and revere them , remember them and never forget their sacrifice . But now these heroes lie at rest, in peace , their job is done so use them not to make your points.

The following was written by Pericles well over two thousand years ago.

Each has won a glorious grave - not that sepulchre of earth wherein they lie, but the living tomb of everlasting remembrance wherein their glory is enshrined. For the whole earth is the sepulchre of heroes. Monuments may rise and tablets be set up to them in their own land, but on far-off shores there is an abiding memorial that no pen or chisel has traced; it is graven not on stone or brass, but on the living hearts of humanity.
Take these men for your example. Like them, remember that prosperity can be only for the free, that freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.

And here in Australia we have used this ode by English poet Laurence Binyon in commemoration services since 1921.But I think that both of these apply to all the heroes who have fallen in battle in the defense of our liberty and freedom.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Posted by James Lawrence - Australia June 15, 10 04:49 AM
279.

from korea through nam and mideast every time a GI mounts up in helicopter or APC or Humvee and goes into hostile territory the choice is the same ,the commitment the same as D-day..how many GIs face daily D-days for repeated tours with no objectives,no closure ?? wake up

Posted by sam yelnoc June 15, 10 01:12 PM
280.

I was too young for WW2. but had many friends and neighbors, cusins and uncles who served at that time. I managed to se rve during the Korean conflict. God bless all who served their country.

Posted by Harry Fine June 15, 10 03:29 PM
281.

It's stirring to know that these brave men preserved the world for freedom and sickening to see that our current administration is completely ignorant to the Constitution for which these men stood and fought for. Shame on B.O. and his Czars (are they the commies?) for not believing in the principles of our founding fathers.

Posted by Jer June 15, 10 11:43 PM
282.

I am a WW11 veteran, but served with the 4th Marine Div in the Pacific. For reasons I don't even understand the notes of appreciation and thanks from the French brought tears to my eyes.
The totally ignorant folks who speak with faux historical certainty about the US and British conspiracy to help Hitler kill Russians makes me sick to my stomach.
The apparent Americans who are ashamed of what we did makes me want to scream in anger.

Posted by Allen Bluestein June 16, 10 11:53 PM
283.

There is a very good book I read during my college days called 'The Seventh Passenger'. It talks about a young British pilot who writes about the sortie they used to do during WW-II. There were 6 pilots so passengers had to be 6 !!! But no, the seventh was the passenger called "Fear". When I was watching these snaps the first thing that struck me was what might have gone through the minds of these soldiers be it Allies or Germans. The remembrance of their families, childhood, home, their hobbies, likes, dislikes and a hidden fear of what could happen next. Whether it was Americans, British or the Germans, they were all humans who had to pay a price for the madness created by a few. Sadly even after 66 years, the world has not understood the pain of war...there is new madness going on.

Posted by Harsha Bellur June 17, 10 05:32 AM
284.

My dad, Mike Olenick, jumped during the 1st Allied Airborne Campaign of Southern France, on 15 August 1944, with the 551st PIB. His unit was in North Africa on 6 June 1944. Mike is now 88 years young and lives in Fayetteville, NC.

Posted by Anonymous June 17, 10 08:14 AM
285.

I was only 6 years old, turning 7 in July, when D-Day, June 6,1944 rolled around. Had several uncles fighting "over there": Bobby, Jimmy, George, Harry, Francis, and Bill. Thank God they all came home to us in New York. Early on I recall my mom had to pull the "black-out shades" so the German planes flying over could not identify our house. I recall the rationing of foods, sugar, butter, etc. I pray we never get to that situation again in my lifetime!

Posted by Margaret Ann June 17, 10 11:31 AM
286.

Incredible photographs; some I have never seen before. We must never forget the heroic actions of our magnificent military and how they saved the world from tyranny and oppression. I am proud of my father's service in the Marines in the Pacific. We should thank God for those who served and those who sacrified their lives so that we live free. Every American should stand amid the graves at the US Normandy Beach Cemetery and wonder how our current President could say that at times we have been arrogant, or dimissive. His words in any context are infuriating.

Posted by Thomas Redmond June 17, 10 03:35 PM
287.

R.I.P. All the good people who was fighting for their country an died in battle or hard damages :'(

Posted by Alzin June 17, 10 06:22 PM
288.

My husband and step father were in WW2.My mother and I worked at Douglas building Planes.. My best friend (female) Flew B24 over to England for the troops.. I have a French Croix de Guerre with Palm,,2 purple hearts 2 .Our young people joined the CCC camps to help rebuild the things in the USA ,worked farms.
we rebuilt Germany,and Japan, we are still sending money all other different countries to help them!

Posted by BillieAbbott June 17,2010 o4.10Pm June 17, 10 07:02 PM
289.

Very poignant photos; it would have been appreciated to know English towns were used in the early photos.

Posted by Shane June 18, 10 12:59 PM
290.

Cześć ich pamięci.

Posted by Piotr June 18, 10 04:53 PM
291.

Images of war are never beautiful.

Posted by DD Ziyad June 19, 10 08:12 AM
292.

And I am also one who remembers the glory days of WWII. We were a nation so proud of our military, so thankful for victory in the end, and so greiving for those who would never return. Yes, we must always remember how those valient soldiers left their families so willingly to travel across the two great oceans to protect our very shores--how terrorfying it must have been! Than remembering VJ Day in my town...oh how we celebrated--car horns blaring for hours, people hugging in the streets, the joy of it all! Can we ever experience that feeling again? I believe only when we honor God.

Posted by W. Chris Manolis June 19, 10 03:13 PM
293.

I was a highschool in Seattle during WWII anticipating being drafted. With the war's end I became a deferred college student taking ROTC .... June 1950 I was commissioned ... two weeks later the Korean "conflict' began. I have vivid memories of these years from the 1940s into the 1950s and am sorry to see the failure of our education system to teach in detail about this period of our history. Thanks for putting this group of photos together.

Posted by Desert Workshop June 19, 10 03:54 PM
294.

BEING A VIETNAM VET , MY DAD DIED LAST JUNE 10TH, HE WAS ARMY AIRCORP IN FRANCE. GOD BLESS EVERY AMERICAN NOW SERVING, AND THANKS WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH FOR THOES WHO DIED FOR ALL OF US. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Posted by BARRY BOGGANO June 19, 10 04:33 PM
295.

I'm french, 54 years old. Every year since 1994, my family and me come in Normandy for the DDay celebrations. We are happy to be in this place, in this day to say: "Thanks you sirs for our freedom. We never forget you sacrifice and the price of our freedom. For alway we have a debt with you and with your country".
My family and me are proud to do that... Every year.

Posted by Jacky EMERY June 19, 10 05:37 PM
296.

There are no words that can adequately express our gratitude for those men and women who risked all to make the world safe from the tyranny that sought to destroy civilization. God bless those who came across the Channel to liberate Europe on that fateful day in 1944. May your deeds never be forgotten.

Posted by A. R. Pulhamus June 19, 10 09:28 PM
297.

Great photos. They are very useful for young people not to forget the enormous value of peace, and liberty, too. All of us should do an effort to honor those men who fighted -and died- to recover for us the Europe we can enjoy today.

Posted by Miguel A. Sánchez June 20, 10 04:25 PM
298.

I thank GOD for all the allied forces who gave so much in June 44. I had the chance to walk those beaches in 1958 while stationed in France. It was certainly a special feeling to touch the earth and realize what happened there only 14 years earlier, I will never forget how proud I 'am to be an American.

Posted by John M Clark June 20, 10 08:25 PM
299.

Very impressive photos! I just imagine what the soldier showing his face on picture # 10 might have been thinking about. It's a shame that so many young men had to give their life in the name of liberty!

Posted by Peter Deutsch June 21, 10 01:00 PM
300.

Now we fight a new battle from within, God help us all and God bless America and today's warriors ......

Posted by Chuck Potts June 21, 10 01:51 PM
301.

monumental

Posted by BÉLA TAUBER June 21, 10 08:53 PM
302.

I will always be grateful for your sacrifice. You saved my life. I lived, and brought children into the world, who may make a big difference in your health. Thank you men of the WWII European Theatre. Bless those who did not make it.Dana

Posted by dana schwartz June 22, 10 02:38 AM
303.

A great historical documentary.
Thank you USA, we must never forget either.

Posted by yann June 22, 10 04:26 AM
304.

216 Marek-If the French had a good educational system why does it have such a high unemployment rate that even a dishwashing job, according to immigrants in that country, can't be found? The French, unlike Americans who desire to be managers of their own business, don't have a knack to start their own businesses to create jobs. The courses at the universities are either impractical or not up to date to the world's demands. France also did a bad job over its former colonies such as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam which fueled the Communist movement in Asia. It did help the USA in its wars against the British but that "favor" has been returned to France from World War I, II and the French-Indochina Wars. I could say with confidence that I could count more on the USA than France.

221 Piska-delo. It's such a shame that you get your so-called "truth" from unreliable resources. I practiced Marxism and Communism. Here's what I could say of it. It always blames capitalism, it kills, maims, deceives, doesn't respect life, it's Godless, and IT'S ONE BIG LIE! All of them are liars! They can't say or write about that in front of fellow Communists because they could be prosecuted and killed. It rules by fear of death! I have seen its effects in the Philippines and Vietnam, the killings, the abuses, and the distorted truths they speak to this day. In the 70s and 80s the plight of the thousands of boat people trying to escape Communist Vietnam spoke for itself. In Communism: Lies=Truth. If Soviet Russia was good where is it today?

282 Mr. Allen Bluestein & other vets-Thank you very much for serving in the Pacific. You may not know it but I am greatful for what the greatest generation did to my parents. When my dad was alive he told of the horrific stories of survival in the Philippines from the outbreak of the Japanese occupation in 1941 to its liberation in 1945. I am here because of what they did to save my parents lives. Life was a daily survival against starvation, scrounging for food in the forest at 3am, eating stale rice and sugar horded from looted factories, beinf subjected to fear and brutalities by the Japanese army. My Mom told me of how they were in tears when the American tanks rumbled into Manila on that early February 1945 morning, the young blue-eyed American pilot shot down in a dog fight over Nichols Air base who was marched in front of their house to be executed. Her mother (my grandma) cried upon seeing the POW. The Japanese army inflicted suffering and brutality which gave rise to crime. Starvation resulted in beri-beri (swollen legs), severe inflation where a sack of money can't buy anything, people bartered, and reduced to rags. Japan funnelled natural resources of its occupied countries to fuel its war machine. I could go on with what has been related to me orally by my parents, uncles and aunts who survived these wars.

Posted by Free Man June 22, 10 12:08 PM
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Every April and May I remembered the Fall of Bataan and Corregidor. These are very hot summer months were the grassy fields wilt and die, the riverbeds dry up, the nights become humid and windless, and the swarms of mosquitos flourish and sting through your clothes. I always remember those Americans and Filipino defenders of Bataan who had to marched to Camp O'Donnel in Tarlac 60 miles away in this unforgiving climate exhausted, starving, scared, suffering from dysentery and wounded. Prior to this they were used as human shields by the Japanese to coerce the defenders of Corregidor to surrender. A lot did not make it, were bayoneted or beheaded on the trail. Some prefer to shit in their pants to avoid death. Some shit in open fields or along the road in full view of natives to humiliate them. Then they are locked up to starve and worked to death in the prison camps and labor camps in Japan and Asia. The dead are almost forgotten save for a simple wooden cross in a grass field. Just because they stood to defend the Philippines from an aggressor. Every year there is never enough words in me to appreciate and thank them for what they have done in those unbearable, hellish conditions.

Americans, this is what they went through for the sake of others and other nations. We thank your vets especially the greatest generation. I have thanked one survivor of the Bataan Death March, James Donovan Gautier, who passed away last 2008. Thank your vets. It takes one to loose his or her freedom to appreciate freedom and what soldiers do. Do not forget.

Posted by Anonymous Filipino June 22, 10 12:52 PM
306.

Looking through the pictures above, I feel it is amazing and at the same time sad to see what we as humans are capable of. From the grand scale of operation that we believe in and put our souls into to the distruction that the same can cause.

What i believe is worse, is the continued ignorance, and anamosity toward or fellow humans in the words I read above by some people. Why is it that some people can not just be content to have revrance and must continue to make more issues that cause these sort of unneccesary events.

For our own sake, can we just get over ourselves and have a moment of regard for others.

Posted by Anonymous June 25, 10 04:40 PM
307.

damm loss of godmmen

Posted by Anonymous June 25, 10 11:03 PM
308.

Cada cual llora sus muertos... pero y los Rusos? Su frente fué 10 veces más grande y la mayoría de los muertos fuerón suyos. Donde están las rememoraciones por quienes rindieron al Eje?

Ojalá nunca se repitan estas imágenes.

Posted by Juan Quijano June 27, 10 05:53 AM
309.

308, Juan, los Rusos conmemoran también, e incluso este periódico norte americano lo reporta:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/05/russia_observes_victory_day.html

Posted by Victor June 30, 10 12:57 AM
310.

My dad passed away June 14, 2010. He was a 92 year old WW II veteran that landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1942. He was with the First Army and involved with The Red Ball Express. My dad was a very patriotic soldier til the very end. Never did you see him without his WW II cap and he wore it proudly. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation a few years ago from the French Govt, but when we asked for help in the Iraq war and the french refused, he sent it back and told them where to put it. I will miss my Proud Soldier Dad, for a Soldier Died on 6-14-10..Bless all of our veterans.

Posted by Joe Rodriguez June 30, 10 07:11 PM
311.

É uma emoção terrível ver essas fotos e ter a ciência de que não são cenas de filme! Meu pai viveu no front italiano por um ano pela FEB e ouvi inúmeros relatos da dureza dessa guerra inimaginável para nós que vivemos toda a vida em tempos de paz, pela graça de Deus. E que este mesmo Deus Vivo não permita mais que homens cheios de loucura e ganância venham a se levantar novamente em parte alguma do mundo, em nome de Jesus!

Posted by Mara Protta July 1, 10 05:59 PM
312.

I'm commented from Britain and really don't like the anti US or anti French comments from people that clearly don't know either country ( I've lived in both). They're great and proud nations as are all nations! Be grateful that if you haven't had to risk your life for our freedom - which is most of us!!!!

Posted by Anonymous July 1, 10 06:43 PM
313.

Truly amazing,Boy to think how much we owe

Posted by Joe Frunzi July 2, 10 01:09 PM
314.

What insanity. The purest form of Evil met the purest form of Good, by the purest form of Grace..

Posted by Art Dreyer Avon Park Fl. July 10, 10 01:53 PM
315.

My father did not return to Normandy until 2004 he is the veteran who's picture is on the Bayeux-Bessin D Day posters this year i watched him break down when he laid his wreath at Bayeux.
A generation which we owe so much they deserve all the respect and help we can give them.

Posted by Andy Wright July 21, 10 06:19 PM
316.

I guess 221 never heard of lend /lease

Posted by Anonymous July 24, 10 10:28 AM
317.

i landed on utah beach d plus 10 was 18 yrs old i was afraid then, ad still remember. some thing i can never

Posted by g mitchell August 8, 10 05:51 PM
318.

thank
soldiers can save our life.

Posted by naresh August 11, 10 09:38 AM
319.

All the freedoms of our modern day lifes can be accredited to thoose that gave so much in the face of so much oppression. thanks is never enough.

Posted by P Condron August 14, 10 05:54 PM
320.

In Flanders Field
no matter what you believe about the war, there is only one thing you should take away from this history. LEST WE FORGET.

Posted by mwjl August 21, 10 06:24 AM
321.

By Portugues: O quanto de coragem pode o homem quando colocado a prova, sua liberdade e a liberdade de seus semelhantes. Falar e dizer de heroismo humano, é dizer muito pouco, diante desta formidável demonstração de renúncia visando as liberdades. A humanidade peca, inexoravelmente, quando permite que o tempo afunde no esquecimento, tamanha demonstração do heroismo destes valores mais que fraternos.

Posted by PEDRO CHWIACOWSKY August 24, 10 09:01 PM
322.

this pictures are very good.relate many moments of the past in perfect actions!the expressions of the soldiers are emotions!!great.fantastic

Posted by Christian - Porto alegre - BRASIL September 2, 10 10:35 PM
323.

I was 11 when my father returned from Europe in 1945. It took him quite awhile to get rid of his demons. He had been in charge of getting the people out of the concentration camps. Those pictures are very sobering and also brings to mind what our life was like during those years while we waited for my father to come home.

Posted by diane halasz November 9, 10 02:38 PM
324.

I was just 15 months old and didn't meet my father-in-law until I was 19.
He was a gunner pilot in the war and bravely fought on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
He and the many thousands of men shall be remembered for their great sacrifice. May God Bless America and may God Bless are brave men and woman who serve in the military today.

Posted by Raymond B. Liano November 9, 10 04:22 PM
325.

My father was 4F, so he served in other ways. We moved to Detroit so that he could work at a War Plant and he would walk the streets at night as a civil servant. I was very proud of his efforts to help. I pray every day for the poor souls we lost during that war but also in the war we are in now. We need to protect our country. I am so afraid my sons or grandsons will come home in a box. God Bless America and every man and woman fighting so we can be free.

Posted by Margery Thome November 11, 10 02:07 AM
326.

Some interesting comments about "arrogant" Americans. Are there arrogant Americans? You bet your butt there are, and I have had to deal with some of them (mostly they are on the wealthy side), and even as an American myself, I don't care for it. But to imply that arrogance applies to all, or even most, Americans, is most unfair. First and foremost, are you critics telling me there are no arrogant people in YOUR own contries? I have heard many times about French arrogance, but I have been in France, and found the people to be quite friendly, even though they knew I was American, so I know first hand how reputations can be distorted.. The piece by the Boston Globe shows pictures it has of the D-Day invasion, taken by American camermen accompanying American soldiers, but it does not in any way imply the invasion was solely an American operation, some only took it that way. Comments about Private Ryan, Speilberg and Tom Hanks are specious arguments for the arrogant American, that movie was not about the invasion, D-Day was merely a backdrop for the real story. Those of you (perhaps the younger generation) who have not seen an American made movie called "The Longest Day", based on the book by Gen. Cornelius Ryan, should do so, and those who have seen it, should recall and reflect on it, it clearly shows all the countries that were involved, giving credit to each, and used actors/actresses from these countries. So much for American arrogance! Finally, God bless ALL those who fought and died bravely to make the world a better place, and in honor of them, let's take all that acrimony and bury it!

Posted by Roadhouse Blues November 11, 10 08:13 PM
327.

Chwała Bohaterom!

Posted by Rocker November 26, 10 12:38 PM
328.

Si par malheur une telle situation devait se reproduire en France, puisque je suis français, ou bien chez un Pays allié
Si par malheur il me faudrait aller au combat dans les conditions que nos Alliés ont rencontrés,
Je me méfierai d'abord de ce et ceux qui sont derrière moi, car en 44 tous allaient dans le même sens, unis dans le même combat.
Tout mon respect pour vous tous, vivants et morts.

Posted by GABIER Gérard December 1, 10 06:03 AM
329.

honneur et gloire à tous les soldats americains et anglais ,beaucoup ont laissés leur vie, pour libérer la France ,nous ne vous oublierons jamais !!!

Posted by ANDRE December 1, 10 12:58 PM
330.

May we never forget what the root of all this was. My we ever be grateful and remember those who fight and will fight for our freedom.

My uncle flew B-17s later that same war, that same theater of operations.
I will always remember the things he has told me of what he has seen.

Posted by Eskelvar December 3, 10 10:42 AM
331.

My brother Joe Pritchett died on Utah Beach in June 1944, His road markers along the beach and bronze placque in the Utah bunker only remind us that young men gave up all of their tomorrows so the weakest and the strongest of us could have our tomorrows

Posted by Lou Pritchett December 8, 10 07:07 PM
332.

WHATEVER country was involved in this miracle, thank you.
Very few of these heros are still alive today.

Posted by Craig Bushey December 14, 10 11:18 AM
333.

This is remarquable all these pictures are so real, I am French and remember all of this horror as a child, this is very true what happened in 1944, we are and will be always so thankful to the young American who delivered us from the Nazis.

Posted by Francoise Schubert December 20, 10 06:36 PM
334.

THANK YOU & MAY GOD BLESS ALL THOSE THAT SO VALIANTLY GAVE SO DEARLY TO ALL OF US WHO STILL ENJOY FREEDOM !!!

Posted by Dan Eldredge December 23, 10 11:45 AM
335.

These images are previouly unseen and graphic. But as the son of an RCAF Coastal Command (Buffalo Squadrod 404) I get tired of WWII history being enterily about the USA.

Canadians and Poles did the heavy work in Italy and Canada was the only force to meet their goals on D-Day.

Don't get me started on Afganistan.

Posted by W. P. Morgan December 28, 10 03:51 PM
336.

That's the way it looked from a Thunderbolt.

Posted by "Katz" January 3, 11 12:20 PM
337.

May God bless our troops.. Past . Now and future. May we never make Spanish our official language. Never give up our flag or pride in it. 2 tour Vietnam vet. God bless the USA.

Posted by CEC Jimmy P Hodges USN Seabee Ret. January 5, 11 11:31 AM
338.

I was hiding from the Nazis with other Jewish boys in the Schateau de Schaltin in the Ardennes of Belgium and on D-day we didn´t know nothing of what was going on in Normandy. The SS came and took away 4 Jewish boys and 3 Christians. Only two of the Jewish boys and two Christans came back alive after their extermination camp was freed. We heard a lot of shooting between the Resistance and the Nazis but didn´t know how near the Alied troop were for our own happy freedom after four years of German occupation. Thanks to all those valiant young alied troups the French and Belgians should be grateful, always, for not speaking german today

Posted by Freddy, Siegfried Glatt - Rio de Janeiro January 10, 11 01:19 PM
339.

I was eleven years old when this took place. I still don't understand how those men could land on that beach under automatic weapons, artillery and pre-planted explosives and advance. They then climbed a cliff, under fire and defeated entrenched defenses and well trained german soldiers on the high ground. I was awed then. I am awed now.
U. S. naval aviator

Posted by Marvin Clark January 17, 11 03:44 PM
340.

Jestem pełna podziwu i dumy dla takich ludzi, dla których honor i patriotyzm były najwyższymi wartościami, za które byli gotowi oddać życie. Byli bohaterami gdyż gineli w obronie wolności i przeciwstawiali się nazizmowi, niszczącemu wszystko.. Nie na swojej ziemi, nie w swoim kraju... Męstwo i bohaterstwo może być przykładem dla młodych ludzi- takich jak ja, na kolejne stulecia. Pamiętajmy i módlmy się za poległych.
Chwała bohaterom!

Posted by Emily W. January 22, 11 04:39 PM
341.

Type your comment here...DEUS PERMITA QUE OS HOMENS & MULHERES QUE ATUALMENTE COMANDAM NOSSOS PAÍSES, SEJAM SENSATOS PARA, EVITAR NOVAS GUERRAS, QUE DEVASTAM NOSSO PLANETA E SEUS SEMELHANTES E QUE OS GASTOS MILITARES SEJAM REVERTIDOS PARA O BEM DE TODA A HUMANIDADE EM PAZ

Posted by JAIR THOMAZ January 24, 11 02:19 PM
342.

My Father was Army Lt Theodore Rowman killed by schrapnel near Nancy France on 10/15/1944 buried in Epinal. France. Life is too sad

Posted by JoAnne Rowman Morrissey January 28, 11 08:41 PM
343.

Visitei, com muita emoção, o cemitério militar da Força Expedicionária Brasileira, em Pistóia, Itália. Penso que os brasileiros deveriam reavivar a memória daqueles dias e nunca deixar de pensar naqueles homens que ali, no campo de honra, derramaram seu sangue pela pátria, palavra que, hoje, vai quase que perdendo o seu significado. A importância daqueles homens e de sua coragem e bravura deve ser nos dias de hoje a alma desse ideal de paz e felicidade do nosso povo e de todos os povos do mundo. Fiquei sabendo que alguns deles nem sabiam do real significado de serem chamados àquele altar, mas para lá foram, com o companheirismo e a lealdade próprios de quem sente a força de um minuto definitivo da vida.

Posted by José dos Reis Rocha January 29, 11 07:57 PM
344.

Nasci no Brasil em setembro, 24 de 1943, durante a fase mais cruenta da guerra que se desenvolvia na Europa e nas ilhas do Pacífico. Porém estou vivo, com meus 67 anos graças aos Estados Unidos da América. É que ao nascer, apresentei um quadro de infecção, contraida no hospital. A conselho de médicos que me atenderam meu pai foi ao Consulado Norte Americano em Curitiba, e conseguiu obter através de um funcionário, cujo irmão era piloto da USAF, 3 doses de penicilina, que salvou minha vida. Assim, aqui no Brasil, longe do palco de guerra a mão salvadora dos EUA, dsalvaram vidas. God Bless America

Posted by avary zeigelboim January 31, 11 12:21 PM
345.

Ola, excelente material fotográfico. É bom para os jovens de hoje revejam o que foi o horror e o heroismo dos aliados no desnbarque ba NOrmandia. Parabens!!

Posted by FLuizM February 1, 11 08:23 AM
346.

Dear friends,

Although being a 13-year-old boy and living in Brazil, I followed
the events through our short wave radio and newspapers.
Long live the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in defence
of freedom and we thank God for them.
May such never happen again, it my prayer.

Posted by Capt Evio C. de Oliveira, retired pilot February 3, 11 09:47 AM
347.

this was a horrible war

Posted by Anonymous February 4, 11 03:32 PM
348.

Pena que nem todo país honra seus ex-combatentes!

Posted by Teodosio Andre February 7, 11 09:23 PM
349.

THERE IS A MEMORIAL IN MY HOME TOWN (CORK CITY IRELAND) TO THOSE WHO FELL IN WW2. IT READS -
"THEY GAVE UP THEIR TOMORROWS
SO WE COULD HAVE TODAY"

NEVER FORGET ALL THOSE BRAVE MEN WHO FOUGHT TO BEAT TYRANNY.

Posted by DENNIS HORGAN February 16, 11 04:56 PM
350.

My Granddad and 3 of his friends where driving over pegasus bridge after the D-Day landings, where a bomb exploded under the 4x4. My Granddad was the only survivor, and after being taken back to London, he met my Nan. A while back, I went to Normandy with my parents and went to the beaches and where my Granddad landed.

Everyday I think about how many lives where lost, and how much the world changed that day.

Posted by Amy February 18, 11 03:52 AM
351.

Em 1944, eu estava com dez anos de idade. Ví partir para Itália meu tio que incorporou na Força Expedicionária Brasileira, lutou durante 1 ano no teatro de operações da 2a. guerra, para ele foi grande a emoção de ver e sentir tudo o que aquilo signicava, o envolvimento das nações, pois um jovem quase nunca pensa em morte, inimigo, destruição, dor...Porque? pensava ele, guerra ?, se todos aqueles países eram civilizados. Felizmente terminou, veio a paz. Agora eu estou com 76 anos e vejo que a Paz nunca existiu!

Posted by Alceu Almeida Ferreira February 20, 11 09:42 PM
352.

É nestas horas que lamento ter um inglês tão pequeno e que penso que , cada vez mais mais, a insanidade humana só nos leve a desgraças como esta...

Posted by SOARES, Rosângela C. R. February 24, 11 07:20 AM
353.

Cześć i chwała poległym tam rownież ŻOŁNIERZOM POLSKIM.!

Posted by Zbigniew of Poland March 1, 11 03:34 PM
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