Some really nice D-Day(and other WWII) commemorative posters created by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency(NGA)can be purchased here.
On that subject, you don’t hear much about any role that women may have played on June 6, 1944. After the pathetic and disgusting display that US military women gave us at Abu Ghraib, I heard a positive story about military women on that historic day, albeit military nurses. A UK military historian on BBC TV told a story about how American nurses landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Yes, on D-Day. And on the worst killing fields that day. It was later in the day, after the heavy gunfire subsided, but there was still serious danger from German snipers. He said the nurses were told to jump off the boats in shallow water and grab hold of one of the hundreds of floating American dead and use them as shields from German bullets while wading ashore. That’s pretty courageous stuff. In stark contrast to posing for photos with smiles and thumbs-up signs next to dead bodies.
I’m all for women in the military, but in support positions only. Not in combat and not even as military police. In general, not in any sort of contact with enemy forces or enemy prisoners. Especially so within cultures where it can offend and hurt our cause. Granted, there were men involved in the Iraq prison scandal, but I think the fact that women were involved hurt us that much more with the Arab culture and the people whose hearts we’re trying to win over. It also really added fuel to the enemy’s anti-American propaganda campaign.
Back to heroism….I’ve given them a bad rap before over their Baghdad reporting, but the BBC has been doing an excellent job, along with all the other UK networks(ITV, SKY) at commemorating D-Day. They even spent a great deal of time on the death of President Ronald Reagan. Check the Reagan Library site for a collection of just some of his great speeches. Most noteworthy on this day is his superb speech from Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day(1984), in front of the US Ranger Memorial you see pictured here.