German soldiers cover their ears as artillery hammers the Soviet held Eastern side of the Don river, 1942
As the men of the 6th army prepare to cross the Don, they have no idea what awaits them in the city of Stalingrad #history4u
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This is a hard post to write because it was a very emotional day to tour the D-Day sites. It'll be long. Read on if you'd like. (1)First off, we stayed at the stately 18th century Château de Sully and spent way too much money at its Michelin-starred delicious restaurant. (2)The German Cemetery in La Cambe has dark wooden crosses for its 21,000 soldiers who died during the Battle of Normandy. (3)Paratroopers fell upon the village of Sainte Mère Eglise on D-Day. One man's parachute caught on the church tower and left him dangling. He pretended to be dead for hours so the Germans wouldn't shoot him. (4)Many veterans of that day donated money to create stained glass windows for the church. One depicts Mary with two paratroopers. Notice all the parachutes. (5)The landing at Utah Beach went very wrong because of mines, strong currents, and confusion. But it was still a success when 20,000 troops landed there with only 300 casualties. (6)The US Army's 1st Infantry Division "The Big Red One" led the assault on Omaha Beach (portrayed in Saving Private Ryan). Greg served as the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Surgeon for the 1st Infantry Division at Camp Liberty in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. It holds a place very dear to his heart. (7) Stopped for toasted cheese and Cola Lite. Cheers! (8) The American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. We arrived just in time for the lowering of the flag and playing of taps. There was not a dry eye. (9) 9387 American soldiers are buried here. Some are marked, but many are unknown. (10) I am grateful for service members then and now who have granted me the beautiful, free life I live today. #france#normandy#dday#lacambe#paratroopers#utahbeach#omahabeach#pontduhoc#bigredone#savingprivateryan#unknownsoldier