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Lessons of D-Day: For us —
and today’s enemies

New York Post, by Bob McManus

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/6/2014 5:01:51 AM

Seven decades ago this morning, the greatest invasion force in the history of warfare emerged from the darkness, rain and fog off the beaches of Normandy and methodically pierced the Atlantic perimeter of Adolf Hitler’s Fortress Europe — though at an epic price and to no certain outcome. In the event, the Austrian madman’s Thousand-Year Reich would be gone in 11 months time, as well as the despot himself. Measured against that result, D-Day’s fearsome butcher’s bill seems reasonable, if not modest. It didn’t appear so at the time, of course — not at sea off the French coast, not in the

      


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Posted By: StormCnter- 6/6/2014 5:01:51 AM     Post Reply
Seven decades ago this morning, the greatest invasion force in the history of warfare emerged from the darkness, rain and fog off the beaches of Normandy and methodically pierced the Atlantic perimeter of Adolf Hitler’s Fortress Europe — though at an epic price and to no certain outcome. In the event, the Austrian madman’s Thousand-Year Reich would be gone in 11 months time, as well as the despot himself. Measured against that result, D-Day’s fearsome butcher’s bill seems reasonable, if not modest. It didn’t appear so at the time, of course — not at sea off the French coast, not in the

   

 

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