Tuesday, June 5, 2007

D-Day, June 6th, is tomorrow

Since this is the month of the start of the biggest invasion in history I decided to read the rules to Breakout Normandy. I may just solitaire this one unless someone local wants to play it.

A co-worker today sent out an email concerning D-Day. Since I can't say it any better I'll just quote him.

Unless you are old enough to remember World War II, your recollection of D-Day is most likely based largely on history books. Yet June 6 is a date remembered by people around the world. Why? Because that day in 1944 was the beginning of the end of the Nazi tyranny in Europe. Encyclopedia Britannica summarizes that day very succinctly:

"During World War II, the Allied invasion of Western Europe, which was launched on June 6, 1944 (the most celebrated D-Day of the war), with the simultaneous landing of US, British, and Canadian forces on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France. By the end of August 1944 all of northern France was liberated, and the invading forces reorganized for the drive into Germany, where they would eventually meet with Soviet forces advancing from the east to bring an end to the Nazi Reich."

On June 6, 1944, President Roosevelt sent our brave US forces out under the covering of an earnest and historic prayer that you probably have never heard until now. A transcript of that eloquent radio address is repeated in the attached file, or you can hear it in his own voice here. If you take the time to read or listen to it, you can see how timeless it is; it applies equally well in our current war on terrorism.

Coming so shortly after Memorial Day, I hope you will take some time to reflect on the significance of this anniversary to our heritage.


Nevin said...

I haven't played B:N in ages. I would love to play. Perhaps next weekend since I have to work this weekend.

Board Wargamer John said...

Nevin, I've read the rules twice since I haven't been playing anything this week.