Sunday, June 06, 2004

D-Day

My stepfather landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day +1 hour. He waded ashore under fire with fifty pounds of wire on his back. He was in the signal corps and laid wire so that radio communications could be established as quickly as possible.

Now, my stepfather was a son of a bitch as far as I am concerned, but I do respect the sacrifices he and his comrades made and the bravery they displayed during the Second World War. The U.S. military did some extraordinary things during that war.

That said, we tend to over-credit the U.S. for saving Europe from Nazi Germany. The Soviets did the most to defeat Germany, and the British did more than any country fighting on the Western Front to defeat the Germans. Let's give credit where credit is due: Even on D-Day the combined British and Canadian force that landed was much larger than the U.S. force. Many brave soldiers from Poland, France, Australia, and New Zealand served as a part of the British forces that landed that day.

The American contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany was instrumental, but let us not forget to salute the millions of people from other countries who also served.

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