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|You are on a small boat, cramped with scruffy men outfitted in full combat
gear. Nervous and pensive they shift about, while you stand and wonder, “What
the hell is going to happen to me?” Suddenly, an older man yells, “Get ready!
We’re going in!” The boat slows down, and a ringing bell goes off. The front
ramp slowly opens forward…and then all hell breaks loose.
A hail of bullets rips and thunders, tearing up your comrades into pieces of flesh and organs, spewing forth the liquid of life. Yet you survive, diving into the cold, murky waters below. The bullets are not content with the open air, and dive below, chasing after you like a dog to fresh meat. You see other men, wearing the same combat fatigue that you do. You struggle to bring your head above the water. Thunder and lightning split the air, striking down your friends, while grim men, cold as ice, plug away at their 150mm guns.
It is a barrage on your senses, the smell of ozone, the crackle of gunfire, the sight of death, the taste of salt water, and the coldness of the sea. You struggle out of the water and take cover behind a creature of steel, a device to block tanks, most likely. You hide behind there, while you hear men die, their screams burning into your mind. You see men fight, some die, some live, yet you still hid. Nighttime comes, and with it, silence. You decide then, to leave your cover, and venture out, into the killing fields.
It is quiet, and you see other men with rifles in their hand, congregating together. You join them, and devise a plan to destroy the grim men. You and other men take black tubes of death, Bengolers, and insert them into the rough terrain. They explode with a flash and bang, and you charge with the men, ready to attack.
This might sound like a movie about World War II, maybe Saving Private Ryan. However, this is no movie. This is real life. That was the story of my granduncle, Bill Zimmerman. He was a corporal, leader of his platoon, in the general infantry. He was only 19 years of age. He survived D-Day, and went on to fight the Battle of the Bulge, and he survived there too. This is the story of the day known as D-Day, the day the tides turned for the Allies.
Twenty years after the end of the First World War a man named Adolph Hitler of Germany began a Second World War. On September 1, 1939 Germany invaded Poland, which had a treaty with France and England to protect them. The English, French and Polish were all unprepared to fight, and as a result were beaten terribly. By the next spring France had been totally taken by the Germans. While Germany and their allies, Italy, controlled all of the western part of Europe, England, France and now America had to figure a way to take the control of Europe again. Their decision was to try and storm a beach in Normandy, France. It would be one of the bloodiest war battles in U.S. History.
In 1942 General Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, had warned Germany to, “Beware the fury of an aroused democracy.” On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies mounted the largest amphibious assault in history and made true Eisenhower’s warning. The invasion force consisted of more than 5,000 ships, 1,200 warships and 13,000 airplanes. Some 90,000 U.S., British, Canadian, and free French troops landed on the beaches of Normandy while about 20,000 more came by parachute or glider. The Invasion had been in preparation for a year. Over 55,000 brave American soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, an appalling 2,700 Americans had took their last steps of life defending their country, their world, and everything they stood for.
|1. Normandy Invasion
As they prepared for a cross-Channel assault on France, the Western Allies built up on British soil one of the largest and most powerful invasion forces in history. For 2 months before the landing, w
2. Summary Of The Movie: Saving Private Ryan
In war one life is insignificant. Thousands of faceless young men go off to war to fight like heroes, some survive the battles, the others arrive home in cramped wooden boxes for where they will l
3. America At D-day:a Day Of Reme
AMERICA AT D-DAY: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE I am very interested in World War II. So I choose a book that was written about the Normandy Invasion. More commonly know as D-Day or Deliverance day. The ti
4. D-day Invasion Of Normandy
D-Day The Invasion of Normandy When on D-Day-June 6, 1944-Allied armies landed in Normandy on the northwestern coast of France, possibly the one most critical event of World War II unfolded; for up
5. D-Day: The Invasion Of Normandy
When on D-Day-June 6, 1944-Allied armies landed in Normandy on the northwestern coast of France, possibly the one most critical event of World War II happened; for upon the outcome of the invasion
6. The Longest Day, By: Cornelius Ryan, Simon & Shuster, 1959
Cornelius Ryan, the author of the novel The Longest Day, the classic epic of D-Day, was among one of the preeminent war correspondents of his time. He flew fourteen bombing missions with the Eighth
When on -June 6, 1944-Allied armies landed in Normandy on the northwestern coast of France, possibly the one most critical event of World War II unfolded; for upon the outcome of the invasion hung th
8. Invasion Of Normandy
On June6 1944 a massive invasion was waiting to invade on the northern coast of France, that area was called Normandy. The allies had decided to invade Normandy because they wanted to take over the
When people thing of World War II many things come to mind: Gas Chambers, Nazis, "Japs", and General George S. . George S. is one of the most controversial issues of World War II. People have call
in military terms is an unnamed day in which an operation or military offensive is to be launched. On the shores of Normandy, one of the most daring and rewarding strikes ever recorded by man kind
11. Biography On Guy De Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant was born on August 5, 1850 at Chateau de Miromesnil in France. He was a descendent of a very old French family. As a boy, Maupassant went to school at Yvetot in Normandy, and th
12. Biography On Guy De Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant was born on August 5, 1850 at Chateau de Miromesnil in France. He was a descendent of a very old French family. As a boy, Maupassant went to school at Yvetot in Normandy, and the
What day in your life was the most important? One of the most important days during World War II was . Don't be mistaken by the word it did not all happens in just one day but many days. was jus
One of the most important days during World War II was , it became a ?day? so important it changed a continent. Don't be mistaken by the word it did not all happens in just one day but many days.
It was in 1943, at the Quebec Conference that the decision was taken to attempt a large-scale invasion, code-named Overlord, against the continent of Europe in the spring of 1944. However, instead of
16. The Longest Day
Book Critique of Cornelius Ryan, born in Dublin, Ireland in 1920, worked as a reporter covering the battles in Europe from 1941-1945 and then the final months of the Pacific Campaign. His articles w
17. Citizen Soldiers: A Comparison
The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany Citizen Soldiers, by Stephen E. Ambrose, is an account of the hardships and triumphs of war endured by the U.S. Army
18. Attack Of The Normans In 1066
From dawn to dusk the Normans attacked, thundering into the fray on their horses, arrows flying. The weary Saxons, lacking cavalry and archers, nevertheless fought on with fury, inflicting horrendous
19. General George Patton
U.S. Army officer George Smith Patton was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness, and self
20. Touch Wood
"" by Ren?e Roth-Hano ?? is based on the author?s own life when she was growing as a Jewish girl during the German invasion of France. In 1940, Ren?e and her family were living in Alsace, France, whe