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Did you raise a glass at 23:16 on the 5th june?

#1
At 00:16 Double British Summer Time ( 23:16 BST ) on 6th june 1944, D Company 2nd Bn Ox and Bucks plus RE support landed by glider at Benouville ( now Pegasus ) Bridge. The first gilder, piloted by S/Sgt Jim Wallwork, landed 47 meters from the bridge after a 10k glide... It was one of the "most outstanding flying achievements of the war", said Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory.

The battle for the liberation of Europe had begun...
 
#3
I didn't think to do so, but I will gladly drink a toast to those spectacularly great men of that time. I would say that by desire or circumstance they provided a level of achievement that we fail to achieve. But then I look at the reports of the men (and women) in Afghanistan ( and previously in Iraq) and realise that those goals and determination still exist.
 
#5
Bravo_Bravo said:
At 00:16 Double British Summer Time ( 23:16 BST ) on 6th june 1944, D Company 2nd Bn Ox and Bucks plus RE support landed by glider at Benouville ( now Pegasus ) Bridge. The first gilder, piloted by S/Sgt Jim Wallwork, landed 47 meters from the bridge after a 10k glide... It was one of the "most outstanding flying achievements of the war", said Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory.

The battle for the liberation of Europe had begun...
Having seen how close he got it to the bridge, if you've never been there you've missed a genius. It was spitting distance, and at night too
 
#8
Nothing to do with the entry into Rome then? :roll:

'Rome? What Rome? When? Who? Why? Was it by glider? Is it near Pointe du Hoc? What's it got to do with WWII?

No.9
 
#10
I tend to think about the assault teams on Sword Beach where 50% casualties were to be considered OK.

Neverheless the whole thing has meant we haven't had to do anything like that since for which I am very, very grateful.
 

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