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We're looking back at some of the year's most striking images showing the work of the Armed Forces in 2019. All year round the three services work at home and across the globe to keep the UK and our allies safe. #SaluteOurForces ImageImageImage
Two of the UK’s F-35 Lightning jets fly in formation with United States stealth bombers as part of integration training with our closest ally. It was the first time the US aircraft took part in training with an ally’s F-35s. @usairforce Image
Every summer the troops and horses of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment head to Norfolk for a regimental training camp. The trip includes a tough regime of military training as well as a chance to let off steam on Holkham beach. @ArmyInLondon Image
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#DDay75: the role of the British & Commonwealth Medical Services in the #Normandy campaign is an important part of our understanding of events that summer 75 years ago. [thread] 1/14
#DDay75: When a soldier was wounded on the battlefield the first level of medical treatment was from Regimental Stretcher Bearers. These were infantry soldiers posted to the Stretcher Bearers section. As such, despite the myth, they were not Conscientious Objectors. 2/14
#DDay75: Regimental Stretcher Bearers were well trained & well equipped. Their task was to stabilise a casualty, clean & dress a wound, and then evacuate them to a place of safety. 3/14
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#DDay75: the role of the Royal Engineers (RE) on D-Day & in the #Normandy campaign is another aspect of the #WW2 British & Commonwealth story that deserves more focus. On most beaches the RE were among the first to land, clearing the beaches making the assault possible. 1/14
#DDay75: Assault Engineers hit the beaches in LCAs & cleared smaller obstacles, also supported by Assault Squadrons RE equipped with Churchill Tank Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE) designed to destroy obstacles & bunkers with their Petard Mortar. 2/14
#DDay75: the Churchill AVRE were equipped with fascines to fill in bomb craters or anti-tank ditches. Others had drop-bridges which could then be used to get over the sea wall. This initial aspect of bridging on D-Day would become of the key roles of RE in 1944-45. 3/14
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1/ The Attack on Panzer Group West. A thread.
Seventy-five years ago today the @RoyalAirForce attacked General Geyr von Schweppenburg's headquarters, located on the grounds of the chĂąteau at La Caine, in Normandy, France. #DDay75 #BattleofNormandy #Normandy75 #WW2 ImageImageImageImage
2/ British intelligence, mainly the codebreakers at @bletchleypark, managed to pinpoint the location after the headquarters gave its position away: 'Battle Headquarters Panzer Gruppe West evening ninth at La Caine.' The Germans did not realize the Allies had broken their codes. ImageImage
3/ Most sources attribute the attack to 'Ultra' as described above, but simple direction finding may have provided confirmation. Fred Pollak, a Czech-Canadian veteran with No. 2 Special Wireless Section, recalled that signals intel helped locate the HQ. Image
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Petit retour sur la propagande pro-Poutine à l'occasion du #DDay75 et pourquoi les réseaux pro-Poutine tenaient tellement à falsifier l'histoire Image
La propagande russe a tenté, à l'occasion des commémorations du débarquement, de confondre deux événements historiques: la fin de la guerre et le débarquement de Normandie. La Russie a indéniablement joué un grand rÎle dans le premier, aucun ou trÚs mineur dans le second
L'argument était évidemment politique: "il est scandaleux que Poutine ne soit pas invité aux commémorations du d-day". Et c'est là que ça devient intéressant: aucun des propagandistes n'était capable d'admettre que c'était ça qu'ils réclamaient (donc de s'admettre pro-Poutine)
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There is a call for @SpeakerPelosi to tell us her plan for getting rid of Trump. I don’t think that would be a good idea. You never divulge the game plan to the other team, or the battle strategy to the enemy. Despite the fierceness that those of us who want Impeachment feel,
We are not in the majority. As soon as we let the focus be impeachment, the debate changes to whether we are wrong to impeach. Instead, she has made the argument ‘impeach now, with no Senate conviction’ or ‘imprison later’. Meanwhile, hearing after hearing shows the strength
of the Democrats and the crimes of Trump and his cronies. She is forcing the GOP to defend more and more illegal activities. In the meantime, the House is passing bill after bill that meets voters’ needs, and the GOP Senate is busy defending the crooked President.
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This #DDay75 tweet from Russia's Foreign Ministry deserves close attention. Its central point is correct: by mid-1944 Germany was being defeated in the East by the Red Army and could no longer recover. BUT many things are missing 1/9
What's missing #1. The UK and USA did not drag their heels. By 1944 Allied aid was augmenting Soviet supplies by a staggering 10 per cent of GDP, so Soviet soldiers were better fed and armed, with improved field communications and above all mobility 2/9
What's missing #2. The UK and USA did not drag their heels. By 1944 the intensifying air offensive against Germany from the West had not only cut into German war production but also stripped the Eastern front of German air power, giving air superiority to the Red Air Force 3/9
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The Battle of #PortEnBessin is commemorated today, 75 years after @RoyalMarines overcame huge odds to take the critical town on the French coast. Veterans have returned, one for the first time in 75 years. They’ll be honoured for their role in the #NormandyInvasion #DDay75 @GMB
Was an honour to meet four surviving veterans, each who played their own role in this difficult, dangerous and seemingly impossible to win battle. They overcame huge difficulties, performing a ‘military miracle’

From L>R: Chuck Harris, Mark Packer, Norman Rose, Fred Fitch
Today serving @RoyalMarines and their band will march through Port En Bessin, the scene exactly 75 years ago of heavy street fighting and displays of unbelievable bravery. @RNRMC #DDay75 #NormandyInvasion

My @GMB report:
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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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On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, there is no place I would rather be than Normandy, where I can trace the footsteps of the thousands of American soldiers who stormed these beaches and began the liberation of a continent.
The men who fought, bled, and died here helped end Nazi tyranny in Europe and changed the course of world history. Their courage and devotion to duty will never be forgotten.
As the son of a World War II veteran who served in the European theatre, I am especially thankful for their sacrifice. Today, I join all Americans in honoring these heroes.
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Kris and I are honored to read the names of Americans lost 75 years ago at Normandy for the #DDay75 Remembrance Ceremony at the @WWIIMemorial. Image
I am grateful to have met John from Bismarck, in town for @BeefUSA’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference, and to see a fellow North Dakotan honoring those who fought in WWII. Image
My friend and colleague @SenCoryGardner also came to pay tribute. Thank you to the Friends of the @WWIIMemorial for organizing this incredible event. Image
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In history’s greatest amphibious invasion, almost 7,000 vessels and 11,500 airplanes supported the 156,000 Allied soldiers who crossed from Britain to five beaches in France 75 years ago on June 6, 1944 — D-Day
With the years, the number of surviving veterans has dwindled and there is a creeping sense that the broad visions of the wartime allies and their successors have narrowed. The American umbrella that successive administrations spread over Western Europe seems frayed and fragile.
Just as D-Day marked a turning point in history some now question whether this moment is equally portentous.
“Someone could ask under their breath ‘Is this perhaps the end of a 70-year adventure?’” Pope Francis said the other day.
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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 threadâŹ‡ïž #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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Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Allies' accurate prediction of astronomical tides was crucial for the success of the Normandy invasion
The Germans had built obstacles on the beaches that became immersed by midtide. So the Allies wanted to land near first light and soon after low tide, to give their engineers a chance to destroy the obstacles. Image
The Allies needed to accurately and precisely calculate the tides. They achieved that using mechanical analog computers, including one designed by Lord Kelvin Image
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#GenDunford on #DDay75: "On the 75th anniversary of the #Normandy Landings, we express our utmost gratitude to our Nation’s World War II veterans. Their unwavering dedication and devotion to our country and our way of life cannot be overstated. (1/4)
As we remember their sacrifices on the beaches of Northern France, we are reminded of a simple adage: ‘Weapons of war come and go, but the great constant is the people.’ (2/4) #DDay75thAnniversary
They answered the world’s call for help without hesitation or indecision in the midst of great peril to themselves and their fellow service members. Without their immeasurable sacrifices, this experiment we call democracy would no longer exist. (3/4) #HonorThem
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On June 6, 1944, American, British, and Canadian forces stormed the 50-mile stretch of coastline in northwest France in the largest seaborne invasion in history. #DDay75
Over 150,000 troops, 7,000 ships, and over 13,000 aircraft were involved. Twenty-four thousand soldiers descended by air, the rest by sea. #DDay75
The massive armada included over 7,000 ships and landing craft manned by over 195,000 naval personnel from eight Allied countries. The troops were Americans, Britons, and Canadians, but members of the Free French and many other nations also participated. #DDay75
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“With the Air Force overheard, the Navy shelling [enemy positions], the enemy firing at you and we're firing at them, it was just total chaos. Nobody landed where they were supposed to. It was that kind of chaos."

- Pvt. Arnald Gabriel

“The water, believe it or not, in June was awfully cold, and that with the combination of fear, it was quite an experience.”

- Pvt. Gabriel

3/PFC Huston Riley “who after the Nazis shelled his landing craft jumped into water so deep that he had to walk along the bottom until he could hold his breath no more.... Riley became a target for the guns and artillery shells mowing down his comrades.“

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Les relations avec l’Allemagne n’étaient d’ailleurs pas mauvaises. Outre que le Pacte prĂ©voyait de se partager les Etats baltes, la Finlande et la Pologne; le traitĂ© de Rapallo (1922) a permis Ă  Berlin de tester secrĂštement nombre d’équipements en URSS.

L’époque est Ă©galement un Ăąge d’or pour la pensĂ©e stratĂ©gique soviĂ©tique : Triandafillov, Svechine, Thukhachevsky vont dĂ©velopper un art opĂ©ratif qui permet notamment d’exploiter la mĂ©canisation
 laquelle est au cƓur des imaginaires politiques soviĂ©tiques et nazis/fascistes.
Autant dire qu’en juin 1941, lorsque Barbarossa commence, Moscou est embarrassĂ©. Nombre de cadres de l’armĂ©e ont Ă©tĂ© liquidĂ©s et les avertissements de Richard Sorge, depuis Tokyo, sont ignorĂ©s. Mais la guerre est terrible.
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#Thread A ce qu’il parait, le #DDay75 Ă©clipserait dans les reprĂ©sentations communes la contribution de l’URSS Ă  la victoire
 voire le fait qu’elle ait gagnĂ© la guerre contre l’Allemagne. Sauf que rien n’est simple et que le martĂšlement de l’argument n’est pas toujours innocent.
Alors, qui a gagné? Russes, Américains? Non. Tout le monde. Une guerre se conduit suivant un systÚme de stratégies opérationnelle, des moyens, déclaratoire et organique : un tas de facteurs sont interdépendants et il faut se méfier des apparences. Et prendre de la hauteur.
Le #DDay75 marque-t-il un tournant ? Oui, et pour tout le monde. D’une part, parce qu’avec Anvil Dragoon, c’est ce qui permettra de libĂ©rer la France et le BĂ©nĂ©lux ; avant de pĂ©nĂ©trer en Allemagne. Ce n’est pas insignifiant pour nos populations

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For many in my & subsequent generations what happened 75 years ago today in Normandy is something they needed to memorize to pass a test. But #DDay is more than grainy black & white film & pictures from a quarter century ago. 1/3
The men who took to those beaches & those who lost their lives were very young, their greatest days ahead of them. But they risked it all. Why?

Because they believed the defeat of tyranny was worth fighting for.

And they believed liberty & democracy was worth dying for. 2/3
#DDAY75 is a reminder of what Americans & the free people of the world can achieve when we are united in defense of liberty & democracy. And when we have an unbreakable faith in our cause because we know there is a moral difference between democracy & tyranny.

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#DDAY75 : troupes américaines débarquant sur Omaha Beach le 6 juin 1944. #Archives Image
#DDAY75 : débarquement d'unités de la 3e division d'infanterie canadienne sur Juno Beach le 6 juin 1944. #Archives Image
#DDAY75 : des soldats américains croisent des chars Sherman M4 sur Omaha Beach le 9 juin 1944. #Archives #Mémoire Image
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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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Top secret map President Roosevelt used to track the invasion of Normandy in June, 1944. #DDay75
'More than a year in the planning, D-Day was originally set to start on 5 June, judged to be the most likely date to combine calm seas, a full moon and low water at first light. However, storms meant it was delayed by 24 hours to 6 June.'

'Shortly after midnight, three US and British airborne divisions, more than 23,000 men, took off to secure the flanks of the beaches. Myriad naval vessels and landing craft gathered at a location in the Channel dubbed "Piccadilly Circus".
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