today, 97-Year-old was one of more than 150’000 soldiers, the on 6. June 1944 in the Normandy.
With horror, the US Veteran Charles Norman Shay remembers the bloody battles in Normandy. “Many of my friends have died”, says the almost 95-Year-old.
How came it to the “D-Day”?
Already in 1943, had Roosevelt, the leaders of the United States, the Soviet Union and great Britain – Franklin D., Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill – a landing in the North of France, decided to open a new Front in the fight against Hitler-Germany. For months, the U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was in command of the gigantic military was prepared to use “Overlord”.
In the early hours of the morning of the 5. June Eisenhower gave his famous “Ok, let’s go” the green light. More than 130’000 soldiers from the United States, Canada and Britain landed on five beaches in Northern France to which they gave the code names Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, a good 20’000 more soldiers jumped with parachutes over the Region.
The resistance of the Germans was fierce: At the end of the “longest day” were more than 3000 allied soldiers dead. However, the use of managed and should significantly contribute to the defeat of Nazi Germany.
commemorations in Europe
To 75. The anniversary will be commemorated on Wednesday and Thursday with festival records in the UK and France to the allied-landing. All eyes are on US President Donald Trump that provides among the allies for discord.
As for the 70. The anniversary of D-Day five years ago, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) takes part in the commemorations. It is expected in the southern English port city of Portsmouth, where she meets, among others, to Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Theresa May, and Trump.
Trump is celebrating the anniversary in the UK
In Portsmouth climb around 300 British veterans with their families, a ship and land in the morning hours of the 6th. June in Normandy – as tens of thousands of soldiers 75 years ago. Trump and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron forward the Central memorial ceremony at the US military cemetery in Northern France, Colleville-sur-Mer.
unlike 2014, when the memory stand in the shadow of the Ukraine crisis, will not take part, Russian President Putin this time. This is also why all eyes should be on the U.S. presidents.
discomfort about the visit of the US President
While Barack Obama five years ago, is still criticism and moved on, because of the television, chewing gum showed chewing at the D-Day ceremony, expected to be François Heisbourg from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, a possible scandal: “All wait nervously for the Twitter-storm of Donald Trump,” says Heisbourg. Because no US President since the Second world war, divided the minds as Trump – not only for its trade and climate policy.
the French Veteran Georges Ménage sees the populism à la Trump with discomfort, which is spreading in Europe, too: “It makes me stunned,” says the former marine. “Perhaps we have not spoken enough about the 30s.” (SDA)