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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    \At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

    The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers -- at the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine-guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting only ninety could still bear arms.

    Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.

    These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.
    Pointe du Hoc was one of the most gripping scenes in TLD movie!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    I thought the opening of Saving Private Ryan brought as close to reality of the event as close as a movie could.

    also HBO's "Band of Brothers" was excellent.
    I was not a big fan of Saving Private Ryan, but Band of Brothers was one of the best dramatizations I have ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    I was not a big fan of Saving Private Ryan, but Band of Brothers was one of the best dramatizations I have ever seen.
    Ryan had a few great battle scenes but dragged quite a bit.....imo
    I'll have to watch BOB.

    Great movies made during the war were Destination Tokyo (Cary Grant) and Sahara (humphrey Bogart)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    You should see it.

    It's great.

    Will remind you of Saving Private Ryan.

    One of the two best miniseries ever.
    The other one was Lonesome Dove.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobfitcher View Post
    Can we steer the discussion back to the sacrifice made by all on that day?

    Canada was a full partner in the success of the Allied landings in Normandy (‘D- Day’).

    Determined to end four years of often-brutal German occupation, on 6 June 1944, Allied forces invaded Western Europe along an 80-kilometre front in Normandy, France. Of the nearly 150,000 Allied troops who landed or parachuted into the invasion area, 14,000 were Canadians. They assaulted a beachfront code-named “Juno”, while Canadian paratroopers landed just east of the assault beaches. Although the Allies encountered German defences bristling with artillery, machine guns, mines, and booby-traps, the invasion was a success.

    Other Canadians helped achieve this victory. The Royal Canadian Navy contributed 110 ships and 10,000 sailors in support of the landings while the R.C.A.F. had helped prepare the invasion by bombing targets inland. On D- Day and during the ensuing campaign, 15 R.C.A.F. fighter and fighter-bomber squadrons helped control the skies over Normandy and attacked enemy targets. On D-Day, Canadians suffered 1074 casualties, including 359 killed.

    https://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibit...1d_day_e.shtml
    Indeed. I am named after my father's younger brother who landed on D-Day and was killed a little less than 30 days later in operation Cobra, the breakout from the Normandy region.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    The other one was Lonesome Dove.
    You are correct, sir!

    Can't go wrong with either one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    I tried to watch the Longest Day, can't, the effects were so cheesy, I had to turn it off.
    That's the way I felt about Battle of the Bulge (Robert Shaw) because they used 1950's American Patton Tanks as German King Tigers. (look nothing alike)

    Don't forget, longest day is over 50 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beatleboy View Post
    It's kinda hard when your President doesn't mention this day, the Patriot he claims to be.

    Someone in the Trump administration did mention D-Day. Our Ambassador to Germany (Rick Grenell) has been spouting far right-wing rhetoric lately and Germany has asked for him to be replaced. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, in her response, stated that the US and Germany have had a very strong relationship going all the way back to D-Day. No, really... She did.


    The comments regarding the Ambassador begin at around 2:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    That's the way I felt about Battle of the Bulge (Robert Shaw) because they used 1950's American Patton Tanks as German King Tigers. (look nothing alike)

    Don't forget, longest day is over 50 years old.
    VP Pence is a dead ringer for Robert Shaw. Well, at least when Shaw was playing a Nazi general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    That's the way I felt about Battle of the Bulge (Robert Shaw) because they used 1950's American Patton Tanks as German King Tigers. (look nothing alike)

    Don't forget, longest day is over 50 years old.
    Ah c'mon, where were they going to get actual King Tiger tanks?

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