On this day.....
Not airgun related in the slightest but I personally believe it deserves a mention....
On this day 70 years ago 13,000 Airborne soldiers started to enplane in locations spread across the south of England, in 6 hours time they would be the spearhead element in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Nazi occupied Europe.
They would be followed by 24,000 Allied soldiers assaulting the beaches across Normandy the next morning. This day would be forever know as "D-Day"
Please gentlemen spare a thought for both those that were lost and those that survived D Day for if it wasn't for ALL of them the world would be a far worse place.
Try and put yourself in the shoes of those young men 70 years ago. For those that have been involved in any sort of military operation in a hostile place will know the absolute rollercoaster of thoughts and emotions that go through your mind before going over the start line, it is truly draining.
They ALL overcame this fear and succeeded in spearheading the eventual re-occupation of "fortress Europe". I am personally immensely proud and truly thankful for the sacrifices made by those young men and women 70 years ago so we could live in a much better place and overthrow true tyranny.
Please reflect on what was one of the key days of modern civilisation, the day started the end of Nazi Germany's hold on Europe.
I will leave you with something that I think is very fitting and something I personally have a massive affinity to. I think it is very fitting for this occasion;
I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go. And did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness, should I fail. I have seen the face of terror, felt the cold sting of fear, and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment of love. I have cried, pained and hoped, but most of all I have lived times others would say were best forgotten. At least someday I will be able to say I was proud of what I was! I was an Airborne soldier.
thank you for your time gents.
Pain is temporary, glory is forever!
Death is God's way of letting you know you failed P. Company.