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@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour I don't believe you've read much history of WW2... if you had you wouldn't have come out with such an uninformed statement!
1st & foremost, George is correct - Britain fought for 2 years on our own & that is what saved the world... & what America conveniently forgets! ...cont
@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour 2. There were more '#British' troops landed on D-Day than #American troops.
The #OmahaBeach disaster was the #Americans fault - They screwed up there as they did in #NorthAfrica, #Sicily & #Italy & in the #Pacific at #PearlHarbour on #Tarawa & #Pelelieu & elsewhere. ...cont
@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour 3. #USNavy CnC Earnest King caused a disaster in the #Atlantic in late 12.'41-05'42 when over 600 merchant ships were sunk in sight of US coast, because he didn't want to take #British Advice.
Of all the #American commanders only #Eisenhower & Marshall were Not Anglophobes! ..ct
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@RawStory Admitting Depression, #Buttigieg Says U.S. Had a Homosexual President
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor #PeteButtigieg says he’s certain that one or more of the previous 44 presidents before Trump, was, like Buttigieg, a gay man.… #ThatGoofyKid
@RawStory Did you hear about this in school?
Was #AbrahamLincoln a Gay American?
"For homosexuals, there was a cloud over them but it seldom rained."
People, Ms. Baker noted, "were accustomed to these friendships between men."… #WasLincolnGay
@RawStory Was Lincoln #Gay?
The Intimate World of #AbrahamLincoln by C. A. Tripp.
Tripp is not the first to argue that #Lincoln was #homosexual.
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1/ OTD 10th June 1944, 4 days after #Dday, German SS troops on their way to Normandy entered the French village of #Oradour sur Glanes. They murdered 642 people & destroyed the village. On Gen De Gaulle's orders, it was never rebuilt. This is that story.
2/ 254 buildings, including those where the killings took place, were torched. Of the 642 dead only 52 were identifiable. 247 women & 205 children died, the youngest just a few months old. Some were just day visitors. Less than 20 people escaped. Photos from my recent visit.
3/ At 2pm on Sat 10th June 1944, responding to a wrong tip off by the collaborationist French Vichy police, lorries of German SS troops arrived in #Oradour. Two drove to either end of the village & blocked the road into it. The population were herded onto the village green.
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I have conflicted feelings about the #Canadian #DDAY commemorations that took place over the last few days, and I struggle during #RemembranceDay because of increasing glorification of war, militarization, and platitudes about honour, duty, and sacrifice. /1
My family has a long history of military service in both World Wars. My great-uncle joined the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, fought at Gallipolli, and died at Beaumont-Hamel. My great-grandfather also enlisted in the RNR and survived the Great War except for a missing finger. /2
My paternal grandfather was a member of the Canadian militia in the interwar years, was a Major during WW2 and remained in Canada throughout the war at Shilo, MB and other bases where he was involved in training enlisted men headed overseas. /3
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1) Watch this video and then go to my second point in this thread
2) So was this an admission of committing treason, treason is the only punishment I know of that is punishable by hanging. Why would anyone make this comment ? The only reason I can think of is that the crimes that they committed or of the caliber that would fall under treason
3 If someone was not guilty of a crime to this degree then this comment would’ve never been made would be no reason to say it in there would be nothing to fear. Someone that would become President of the United States would not simply
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Lest we forget that freedom that is never free. Normandy then and now.
"They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate."
-- President Franklin D. Roosevelt's official address announcing the invasion #DDAY75
"They're murdering us here. Let's move inland and get murdered."
--Colonel Charles D. Canham, 116th Infantry Regiment commander, on Omaha Beach #DDay75thAnniversary
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It is barely June 6th when the paratroopers of the 82nd and the 101st land on the Cotentin peninsula. A cloud ceiling lowers the jump height to 300 ft, and 15,500 troops scatter, missing drop zones. It doesn't matter. They're so well trained, they know where to go. #DDay75years
Their mission is to secure four causeways off Utah beach, to capture St. Marie-du-Monte and St Mere Eglise. Some land in the town square at St. Mere Eglise, immeidately attracting German attention, but troop leaders press on to the beachheads. #DDay75years
British paratroopers drop to the west with the objective of capturing the Mereville battery and two bridges over the Orne. They wake the Germans, but Pegasus bridge is under British control in 15 minutes with only 2 men lost. #DDay75years
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75 years ago, #OSS Jedburgh paratroopers parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe to coordinate arms & supplies, train partisans in sabotage, & help defeat Third Reich during #WWII

The 1st Operation #Jedburgh team was deployed the night before #DDay

More than 90 #Jedburgh teams parachuted into France in 1944.

Once in, they would meet up w/local resistance groups, providing an essential link between guerrillas & Allied command.

One of the most famous Jedburghs was William Colby, who would later become CIA Director.

A #Jedburgh team consisted of 2-4 men: US #OSS officer, British #SOE officer, & Free French, Belgian, Dutch or Canadian soldier.

Jedburghs trained in:
- amphibious ops
- skiing
- mountain climbing
- navigation
- radio ops
- hand-to-hand combat
- explosives
- espionage

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Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the storming of the beaches at #Normandy. It is our duty & privilege to honor the lives sacrificed on that day.

There’s also a myth that no Black men participated on #DDay and that is not true.

A thread⬇️ #DDay75
Meet 90-year old Joann Woodson. She's on a mission to share the truth about the participation of Black men on #DDay.

Her late husband, Waverly Woodson, was one of the few Black soldiers known to have served on Omaha Beach. #DDay75
Waverly Woodson, a 21-year-old medic from Philadelphia, treated at least 200 injured men on #DDay, despite being injured himself. He was with the lone African-American combat unit to fight on D-Day. #DDay75 #DDay75thAnniversary
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1/ Where they landed on #DDay. A thread.
The Canadian soldiers who landed on Juno Beach came from across the country. The @3CdnDiv made the seaborne assault supported by the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade. @CanadianArmy #Juno75…
2/ Western Canadian infantry battalions stormed ashore at Courseulles-sur-Mer. The tanks of the @1stHussars from London, ON supported the Royal Winnipeg Rifles (@cityofwinnipeg), the Regina Rifle Regiment (@CityofRegina), and the Canadian Scottish Regiment from @CityOfVictoria.
3/ The @queensownrifles from Toronto assaulted Bernières-sur-Mer while the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment landed nearby to attack Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. Tanks from the Fort Garry Horse, raised in the @cityofwinnipeg area, supported both attacks.
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and off we go #EnergyTwitter! May the thread start! 💡

Did You Know: To provide vital #oil across the English Channel after the #DDay landings, within months secret #pipelines were unwound from massive spools to reach French ports.
Following the #DDay invasion– June 6, 1944 – Allied forces would need vast quantities of #petroleum to continue the advance into #Europe. Allied leaders also knew that petroleum tankers trying to reach French ports would be vulnerable to #Luftwaffe attacks...
A top-secret “Operation #PLUTO” – Pipe Line Under The Ocean – became the Allied strategy. It would fuel victory with #oil production from the #USA petroleum industry. The secret pipeline mission used a popular #WaltDisney character for its logo. #OOTT
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[D] Day , Patriots.
We will have our Country back!

#DDay invasion. #HonorThem #DDay75 @POTUS
75th D Day Anniversary. Q Post 75

By the time POTUS returns from his trip the world will be a different place.
Godfather lll
Alice & Wonderland
Alice (Lewis Carroll) =
The Bloody Wonderland =

Hat tip @MARILOVEUSA1 @POTUS #WWG1WGA #DDay75 #HonorThem
Remembering my trip to Normandy.

#DDay75Anniversary @POTUS
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Seventy-five years ago, my father and his small cell of French resistance fighters were in hiding in the Loire Valley, where they carried out acts of sabotage against the Nazis.
As we commemorate #DDay75thAnniversary, I wanted to share my Dad’s recollections of the historic time.
He doesn’t like to talk about his experiences during the war, but reluctantly agreed to let me share these reflections. Perhaps because he doesn’t think French resistance fighters’ contributions are fully recognized — “Maybe because most people are dead.” #DDay75thAnniversary
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6 Jun 44. 0050hrs. The airborne operation has commenced. The 5th Brigade of the 6th British Airborne Division commanded by General Nigel Poett is dropped near Ranville. #DDay75
6 Jun 44 01:11
716th German Infantry Division warns General Marcks of the 84th Army Corps in Saint-Lô of the presence of enemy airborne units in the Cotentin. #DDay75
The pathfinders of the 82nd Airborne Division jump over Normandy above the Cotentin to attempt to mark 3 landing zones for the rest of the division (Drop Zones N, O and T) #DDay75
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D-Day and the American Spirit

#DDay75thAnniversary #DDay75 #DDay

Column here:…
The allied victory 75 years ago in the battle of D-Day was hard-won by the men on the ground. The day after troops landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, war correspondent Ernie Pyle also stood on the beach and wrote a recap of the battle that had taken place. (1)
After the so-called “longest day,” fighting still continued a couple miles inland. On the beach, troops still faced sniper and artillery fire, and the occasional landmine. (2)
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#CadetBoneSpurs: no one cares whether you were a “fan” of the Vietnam War. No one believes you were medically unfit to serve. You used your wealth & privilege to avoid serving your country five times, forcing another American to serve in your place each time. 1/
Now, you're stealing billions from @DeptofDefense's budget to fund a wall you promised Mexico would pay for. You're failing to support military families by taking away caregiver funding. You're kicking out Americans who *are* willing to serve only because they're transgender. 2/
Sane people aren't "fans" of war—only #StableGeniuses would even think that. I’ve met many #WWII #DDay Vets. None ever said they were fans of war. They simply answered their nation’s call, regardless of what they thought. Especially during the draft—it wasn’t optional for them 3/
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Consider this history as European powers (including Germany) & US celebrate #DDay:

Then Soviet ambassador to US, Andrei Gromyko, writes in his memoirs that Churchill didn’t want to open a western front during the 1943 Tehran Conference. Stalin pushed him to commit to Normandy:
"Memoirs" by Andrei Gromyko

Cannot recommend this book enough!…
Gromyko also says he delivered a cable to Roosevelt following Hilter’s attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941 requesting a shipment of armour plating for tanks.

The cable was personally signed by Stalin. The Soviets received no supplies or replies.
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75 years ago today, one day before #DDay, Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower gave the final order for Operation Overlord to commence the next day.

“O.K., let’s go,” he said.

“The time was then 4:15 a.m., June 5,” Ike later wrote.
2/ Beyond considerations of weather, moon, tide and time of sunrise, Operation Overlord had detractors. Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, a senior commander in the Royal Air Force, had thought the airborne operation would cause a “futile slaughter” of two divisions.
3/ “He believed that the combination of unsuitable landing grounds and anticipated resistance was to great a hazard to overcome,” Ike later recalled in CRUSADE IN EUROPE.

Ike went to his tent “and sat down to think.” He then “telephoned him that the attack would go as planned.”
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THREAD 1/6: There used to be a prevailing myth that no black men participated in #DDay.

But a closer look reveals that some black soldiers played a key role, and their stories still remain largely untold. #DDay75 @cherrigregg…
@cherrigregg 2/6: Joann Woodson is on a mission to share the truth of #DDay. The 90-year-old's late husband, Waverly, was one of the few black soldiers known to have served on Omaha Beach that fateful day. #DDay75…
@cherrigregg 3/6: Waverly Woodson, a West Philly native, served as a medic under enemy fire, working through the pain of his own shrapnel wounds.

He was nominated for the Medal of Honor in the ’40s, but no black soldiers received such high honors at the time. #DDay75…
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On this day 75 years ago, 2 days before #DDay, after months of bloody battle in Italy, the Allies finally liberated Rome.

2/ Mussolini had been ousted the previous Fall and Gen. Pietro Badoglio had sought peace w the Allies. But the Germans were still there and they were dug in at the Winter Line (Gustav, Hitler, & Bernardt lines), stretching across the peninsula.

3/ Finally the Allies made it to Rome & recaptured it. The 5th Army “paid a high price for liberating the Eternal City," wrote GEN Mark Clark, its commander, noting the 5th Army casualties in Italy, including 11,292 American KIA, 5,017 UK, 3,904 French, and 176 Italian.
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Work in progress. #DDay #Omaha
Attention to detail is what creates realism. My wrist and my eyes hate my obsession, but it's all for a good cause. #wip
I've been doing this for 4 years and I still see every photo as an opportunity to develop my skills. I'm v. grateful for all the kind messages that I receive but I'll never allow myself to believe that "I'm the best". This is crucial and so important.
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1/ On this day 75 years ago, 3 days before #DDay (June 6), millions of Americans heard radio reports citing breaking news from the Associated Press that the invasion had begun.


It wasn’t accurate.
2/ A new AP employee in London “had been practicing on a disconnected machine,” the AP would later explain, but that “strip of practice tape” would be transmitted throughout the Americas and read on the radio before it could be retracted.
3/ In a 1994 letter to the NYT, one veteran recalled hearing the inaccurate news read from the PA during a Giants/Pirates game at the Polo Grounds:

“We interrupt this game to bring you a special announcement. The Allies have invaded France."

They hadn’t.

And yet...
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Tonight I’m at @RUSI_org attending Reflections on #DDay The Battle for Normandy. I’ll try and LT as much as I can!
First up Sir Antony Beevor. Setting the scene. First major strategic factor was failure of Hitler to destroy the Red Army in 1941 and declaration of war on the US. Story of 1942 is overstretch of Germany and Japan.
The cross channel operation owed much to the Eastern front - opening of a second front to relieve pressure on Red Army. But in mid period of the war there were no troops available in the UK to conduct an invasion.
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Travelling to France for #DDay75? Fancy seeing some lesser-known locations connected to #DDay & the Battle of #Normandy? Then I hope this is of interest!
No 1: 50th (Nortnumbrian) Division Memorial, Bayeux. This division landed on Gold Beach on D-Day & pushed inland, fighting at Tilly and Hottot. The memorial is on an old convent wall, opposite the cathedral & easily missed. #DDay75
No 2: The church at Saint Côme du Mont. Inland from Utah Beach, Fallschirmjager Major von Der Heydte famously watched the Allied landings from the spire. US Para Joe Beyrle was taken POW here after landing on the roof, sent to Poland, escaped & fought alongside the Russians!
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