Monday, June 07, 2010

June 6, 1944

I was remiss in not remembering the significance of June 6, and will try not to let it happen again. Age happens.

Were such a fuckup to happen nowadays, commanding generals would be not only cashiered but hung. As always, it was the bravery of the common foot soldier that carried the day, and the war. Still and all, if Hitler hadn't been a crazy man the invasion would have been doomed. Rommel wanted one set of marching orders for German armor; because of Allied air superiority he wished to keep most of his tanks hidden until the actually invasion; while many other Third Reich'ers wished to stick with the tried and are our 10,000 tanks...come in and see us sometime. 

As usual, Hitler's compromise was so befuddled and far fetched as to make the German counter-attack a relatively feeble one. Eisenhower knew this, knew that Hitler would employ the Chinese-firedrill approach, and rolled the dice.

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