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Thank You D Day Veterans, Thank You Canada and America, Thank You President Obama

Freedom of the Western World

The Normandy Landings were the first operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, also known as Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 British Double Summer Time (H-Hour). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

The assault was conducted in two phases: an air assault landing of American, British and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 6:30. There were also subsidiary ‘attacks’ mounted under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the Kriegsmarine and the German army from the real landing areas.

The operation was the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000 troops landing on June 6, 1944. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The invasion required the transport of soldiers and materiel from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

The landings resulted in the deaths of thousands of Soldiers as they rushed the beaches. 5,000 of the 50,000 American troops died that day.

The military importance of it can not however be understated. D-Day was one of the contributing factors to the overthrow of the Nazi regime.

Today, however, the British Veterans had another reason to thank and applaud an American President. The British Veterans paid him a lot of respect for the work that he did to ensure that the British Royal family attended the D Day celebrations.

Sarkosky invited Gordon Brown to the Day-Day celebrations. Brown initially refused. When news got out that he had also invited President Obama to the celebrations, Gordon Brown changed his plans. He did not notify the Palace.

Their refusal to invite the Queen meant that the Whitehouse felt that they had to intervene and President Obama told Sarkosky that the Queen should be in attendance. This was made very clear to the British Government. 10 Downing Street and the Foreign Office did not pass the invite on.

President Obama is still reportedly fuming that these two tried to exclude the British head of State from attending in order to get photo opps wth the President. So he has refused their photo opps and will not be dining with Sarkosky even though the American Embassy is across the Road from the Elysee Palace.

To save face, (given that The Queen would not attend another Nationa when she had not been invited) the Palace sent Prince Charles. When President Obama turned up, the crowd cheered.

So was Gordon booed at D-Day as some reports suggest? Absolutely. He was very loudly booed, even through the entrance to the VIP area. Which the video below shows.

For our freedom, the Veterans of WW2 are owed our utmost respect. For attempts to turn this in to a photo opportunity, Brown and Sarksosy are owed nothing but contempt. I am glad that they showed their old metal has not faded.

A Statesman

Not a Statesman, Brown fluffing it at D Day

Gordon Brown booed
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