A newspaper in England is publishing readers recollections of the D-Day landings. We thought we would spike the story with the following. Why don’t you. This can be sent as an attachment if you wish to run-off your own copies.
D-Day stories? Here are a few comments that I bet won’t see the light of day in the intended.
In point of fact this was largely an American invasion with a British-supporting cast. Meanwhile back home in the U.S.A., the incredulous public was given the impression that their sons were a band of angels. – So what’s new? Good job they didn’t have digital cameras then!
Covering these events much later NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw fell into line with real history and said, ‘The bloodied landscape of France (and) Belgium was American made. The crimes committed by individual American soldiers – rape, thievery and murder – surpassed the crimes of the ‘Nazis’ in every respect. Even American generals were stealing from French civilians. During one period over 500 rapes a month were being reported. It got so bad that General Eisenhower threatened hangings, but it was an empty threat.
Before, during and after the D-Day landings the Allies dropped over 590,000 tons of bombs on France – equal to almost half the amount of bombs dropped on Germany during the entire course of the war.
Over 1 million French homes were destroyed by Allied bombing attacks and some cities such as Caen, Saint-Lo, Carentan, Montbourg and Valgnes ceased to exist.
For every German who lost his life resisting the American invasion of Europe, the lives of four Frenchmen were taken. Whereas German troops had wandered at will during their occupation of France, the British and the Americans were repeatedly confined to barracks or had their movements restricted because of the French resistance to their presence on French soil.
"Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
- Mark Twain, Chronicle of Young Satan
BUT PEOPLE WILL LOVE YOU FOR YOUR ILLUSIONS
"In order to make the individual’s culture and society acceptable to him, steps must be taken to prevent inconvenient fact from becoming obstructive. People do not love men who give them the truth, but rather men who give them illusions." - John Greenway, The Inevitable Americans.