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    D-Day was today

    Wednesday marked the 74th anniversary of World War IIís D-Day: the largest invasion by air, land and sea in history. More than 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and 150,000 soldiers from the U.S., Britain and Canada stormed the Nazi-occupied French beaches of Normandy in a deadly surprise attack in World War II.
    Large events are planned for 2019 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the invasion. This year, smaller celebrations are being held around the U.S. and France, including at the Normandy beaches and cliffs where the battles took place. The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., was holding a day-long remembrance.
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    Over 4000 dead on that one day.

    And that's just on OUR side.

    No telling how many Germans, and French civilians...
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    It just struck me that for the first year ever in my experience I had read nothing, heard nothing and seen nothing related to this fact. Just wow.

    Very unfortunate, it is.

    In 1973 I visited the coast of Belgium, was walking along and came upon a series of old German bunkers. You could climb into them.

    I am one of the least empathetic people in the world in terms of being affected by many outside inputs. I don't cry in sad movies and so on.

    But dammit, sitting there looking out the gun slits just made my guts wretch at those poor bastards that had to hit the beaches.

    This wasn't a beach that was used on D-Day but was the same. And it was a moving experience.
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    Best/most historically accurate movie ever about that day:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Best/most historically accurate movie ever about that day:
    Yeah. Watching that brought the images of the beach in front of the bunker to the forefront of my mind again.
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    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.
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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.
    Great battle scenes but didn't capture much of Overlord's scope.

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    also HBO's "Band of Brothers" was excellent.
    Never saw it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Great battle scenes but didn't capture much of Overlord's scope.

    Never saw it.
    Band of Brothers is definitely worth the watch. Apparently it doesn't stray from history too, too badly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Great battle scenes but didn't capture much of Overlord's scope.

    Never saw it.
    You should see it.

    It's great.

    Will remind you of Saving Private Ryan.

    One of the two best miniseries ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Great battle scenes but didn't capture much of Overlord's scope.

    Never saw it.
    Oh, you have to see it. I'm assuming you saw Saving Private Ryan? I tried to watch the Longest Day, can't, the effects were so cheesy, I had to turn it off.

    Band of Brothers is fantastic. Follows the 82nd airborne from training through the end of the war. Must watch. The Pacific is good as well, but not as good as Band of Brothers.

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