D Day was one of those crucial minutes of battle that would determine the course of history for millions of people. While we could bomb the German war industries into dust, it required infantrymen to capture and hold the contested countries of Europe. Strip away the technology of modern warfare and what remains is what warfare has always been; men willing to put their lives in jeopardy for a cause, an ideal, or for the men who fight beside them. On such fragile weapons, the world is changed.
The beaches of Normandy were killing fields, designed to resist any and all attempts to capture and hold a beachhead. Brave men from Canada, from the UK, and from the U.S., took those beaches, scaled those cliffs, and wrote their names in the history of warfare forever. I’ve been privileged to know some of those heroes. Nearly all of them are gone now.