Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is June 6th, 2009, I’m Royce, and I’m here to talk about the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious assault in history.
June 6th, 1944, the sky is dark, gray, and solemn. You’re sitting in a LCVP with your comrades. You are headed to Normandy beach, France to invade and recapture the country from German forces during World War II. Paratroopers already landed in the night before, and your job is to follow them. Your LCVP boat reaches the shore, and you see what is happening – soldiers storming the beaches, and many of them getting shot and killed. Your job is to reach the beach and hold. The fight for survival begins.
“This is one of the greatest victories to celebrate in all of history. Each year that goes by, we need to celebrate the victory, but yet we need to remember the price we had to pay for this victory, over 10,000 lives lost.” Melanie, a writer at the Modern Typewriter said.
“This is the day that changed the world. This was the beginning of the end for the Nazis during World War II. Other battles contributed, but this is the major battle that started the end. Without this battle, the war might still have been going on today.” says Cody, another writer.
D-Day was a major amphibious assault that occurred on June 6th, 1944. Allied forces crossed the English Channel over to the Normandy Beaches with thousands of soldiers to invade and recapture France, which had fallen to the Germans. Their aim was to succeed and begin to work inland toward the German capital, Berlin so they could defeat Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and end the war in Europe.
Adolf Hitler was the Nazi leader of Germany during World War II. He was a racist man, and believed Jews, blacks, Homosexuals, Gypsies, and others to be inferior. He blamed Germany’s defeat in World War I on the Jews of Germany, and insisted something be done to rid Europe of them. He set up places called ghettos to send the Jews and keep them isolated from the rest of the world. Soon, the ghettos got overwhelmingly filled with people. Hitler then devised up a plan called ‘The Final Solution’. It consisted of sending the Jews to concentration camps to be gassed to death. If you were able to work and were healthy, then you were told to work. If you didn’t work yourself to death like the Nazis practically ordered, then you probably starved with the little food that they gave you.
“D-Day should be a national holiday. This is the day that began the end of the war. This should be a day of national remembrance and celebration.” Rochester, another writer said.
The National WWII Musum, formerly the National D-Day Museum, is hosting events throughout today celebrating and commemorating the Anniversary of D-Day.
“The National WWII Museum is in New Orleans, Louisiana. I thought that was a very peculiar place to put a museum dedicated to WWII. Once I researched it more, I realized that the National WWII Museum when it was the National D-Day Museum was placed there because of that is where the Higgins’ Boat was invented. The Higgins’ Boat was the type of boat that was used during the invasion of D-Day. They’re also called LCVP’s.” Said anonymous.
“I’ve visited Washington D.C. and I went to the National Holocaust Memorial Museum there. It was very interesting to actually see some of the things there. There was a railcar used to transport up to one hundred people to concentration and death camps. It was unbelievably small. The Nazis were absolutely atrocious. But anyway, once I visited that museum, I researched more for more museums about WWII. I found the National WWII Museum. I was excited to find such a dedicated museum. And now, I cannot wait to go and visit this museum, because it looks really cool and I’ve heard the artifacts on display are incredible.” says Karina, another writer.
This post is dedicated to all who Allied soldiers died on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. You are forever in our memory as the ones who saved the world and ended the war.
We hope everyone has a wonderful day of celebration and remembrance. Remember, I’m Royce, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!
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