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D-Day 70: Live updates as Europe remembers

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    Realist UK 4:30pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    It sickens me to see British MP's from all sides looking grave & thoughtful on this day. Those who lived through the D-Day landing and those who perished did so under the British flag, in honour and defence of our country and sovereignty. Oh, how those brave men and women would feel knowing our successive governments have handed it all away.

    Score: 8
    skeptik 2:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    In your browser 'Old Time Radio D Day' - American news monitoring of Berlin Radio giving the news of the invasion and the days events as they occurred.

    Score: -1
    southy 2:31pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    And not one mention of the Royal Navy Who's HMS Belfast signalled the start of D-day by firing the first shots.
    Also the men of the Navy who was not far away who done all the mine sweeping to clear the way for the ships to get in close, they also done some night landings 2 nights before, then only to find out that they had to do the same again the following night.

    Score: -5
    skeptik 3:06pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    OH JHC he is off again - this is not a contest on who did what and who is mentioned - you truly are a very odd character.

    Score: 2
    OSPREYSAINT 3:38pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    southy wrote…


    And not one mention of the Royal Navy Who's HMS Belfast signalled the start of D-day by firing the first shots.
    Also the men of the Navy who was not far away who done all the mine sweeping to clear the way for the ships to get in close, they also done some night landings 2 nights before, then only to find out that they had to do the same again the following night.

    It would be best if you watched the BBC News coverage, it mentioned HMS Belfast and just about every other nuance of the events, very difficult to cover everything in a newspaper article, there will always be someone that will complain about something if it is their nature to do so.

    Score: 5
    skeptik 3:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    For contemporary film (US issued) of Southampton and other ports (colour film of Totton etc) in Browser 'Critical past' - in search box--- 'Southern England June 1944' or 'Mulberry Harbours'---------- for Portsmouth and the building of and towing to sea.

    Score: -1
    Gristy 4:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    southy wrote…


    And not one mention of the Royal Navy Who's HMS Belfast signalled the start of D-day by firing the first shots.
    Also the men of the Navy who was not far away who done all the mine sweeping to clear the way for the ships to get in close, they also done some night landings 2 nights before, then only to find out that they had to do the same again the following night.

    Well said southy, you are quite correct. I remember that day so well. I was 5 and a half. The troops massing all around us (Wimbourne) the tanks and field guns suddenly were no longer there. Then the guns which could clearly be heard across the channel and the sky full of aircraft. We were all so excited!

    Score: -3
    southy 5:51pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    A number people do not know because they have not been told or taught, that part of the D-day landings had to be there the night before, On the 4th June left to do there jobs for D-day only to find out that it had been put back 24 hours, which meant they had to hang around in the Channel, these same ships where then put on picket duty after doing the coastal work, to hunt and track down any Subs and patrol boats in the channel, a number of men was lost over those 2 nights.

    Score: -1
    southy 6:33pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    Realist UK wrote…


    It sickens me to see British MP's from all sides looking grave & thoughtful on this day. Those who lived through the D-Day landing and those who perished did so under the British flag, in honour and defence of our country and sovereignty. Oh, how those brave men and women would feel knowing our successive governments have handed it all away.

    Agree Realist the lessons that was learned soon forgotten and a return back to how it all started.

    Score: 1
    sburman 6:40pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    Realist UK wrote…


    It sickens me to see British MP's from all sides looking grave & thoughtful on this day. Those who lived through the D-Day landing and those who perished did so under the British flag, in honour and defence of our country and sovereignty. Oh, how those brave men and women would feel knowing our successive governments have handed it all away.

    Oh please, not politics today.

    Score: 5
    skeptik 6:52pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    http://www.criticalp
    ast.com/products/loc
    ation_history/Totton
    _Hampshire_England/1
    940/1944


    The Salmon Leap Public House Totton 1944

    Score: 0
    southy 11:00am Sat 7 Jun 14

    You just got to love this, great little story

    An 89-year-old veteran reported missing from a nursing home was found in France marking the anniversary of the D-Day landings.

    The pensioner, who left wearing his war medals, has contacted the home and said his friends are going to make sure he gets back safely when the commemorations end.

    Score: 1
    trishi 8:06pm Fri 6 Jun 14

    Thank you to all that were involved on D day . They gave there lives for a better future. As my grandad was Jewish an 12 years old and was saved by the D day landings 1 day after, he was jue to be shot that day so thank you again I wouldn't of been born.

    Score: 5
    skeptik 5:25am Sat 7 Jun 14

    Totton the above link might not have worked - in Browser - 'Stock footage Totton Hampshire England 1944' - Colour film with a bridge and pub sign 'Salmon Leap'.

    Score: 0
    southy 11:48am Sat 7 Jun 14

    southy wrote…


    skeptik wrote…


    Totton the above link might not have worked - in Browser - 'Stock footage Totton Hampshire England 1944' - Colour film with a bridge and pub sign 'Salmon Leap'.
    Do you mean this link skeptik

    http://www.criticalp

    ast.com/video/656750

    20896_Allied-troops_

    World-War-II_war-cor

    respondents_bars-on-

    bumpers_control-post

    _D-Day-preparations

    PS I should off added its not Totton its a place north of Romsey on the Stockbridge road

    Score: -1
    southy 11:46am Sat 7 Jun 14

    http://www.criticalp
    ast.com/video/656750
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    oldiers_Liberty-ship
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    anding-Crafts

    http://www.criticalp
    ast.com/video/656750
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    ank_navy-camp_sinkin
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    arbor

    http://www.criticalp
    ast.com/video/656750
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    ion_aircraft-in-flig
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    ing_studying-map

    http://www.criticalp
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    g-at-pamphlets

    This site have loads of films,
    http://www.criticalp
    ast.com/

    Score: -1
    southy 11:09am Sat 7 Jun 14

    skeptik wrote…


    Totton the above link might not have worked - in Browser - 'Stock footage Totton Hampshire England 1944' - Colour film with a bridge and pub sign 'Salmon Leap'.

    Do you mean this link skeptik

    http://www.criticalp
    ast.com/video/656750
    20896_Allied-troops_
    World-War-II_war-cor
    respondents_bars-on-
    bumpers_control-post
    _D-Day-preparations

    Score: -1
    OSPREYSAINT 12:44pm Sat 7 Jun 14

    Southampton's contribution to the D-Day Celebrations has been rather pathetic, even Lymington has got a display by the Red Arrows today, the stone dead Council as usual offer nothing for its people to enjoy. Considering how important Southampton's contribution to the whole event in 1944, it has little to show for it 70 years on. The Battle of Britain Flight stayed at the airport for a while, they could easily have been given the opportunity to display had we had a public event organised in the area. We can't even organise a Flower Show!

    Score: 2
    Lynx 1:49pm Sat 7 Jun 14

    OSPREYSAINT wrote…


    Southampton's contribution to the D-Day Celebrations has been rather pathetic, even Lymington has got a display by the Red Arrows today, the stone dead Council as usual offer nothing for its people to enjoy. Considering how important Southampton's contribution to the whole event in 1944, it has little to show for it 70 years on. The Battle of Britain Flight stayed at the airport for a while, they could easily have been given the opportunity to display had we had a public event organised in the area. We can't even organise a Flower Show!

    p thompson
    l aggree my father in law a d day veteran is 97 years old and finds travel difficult as usual southampton council is neglectful. maybe if the titanic had been involved it would have been different

    Score: -1

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