Posts Tagged ‘WWII’

History of D-Day: 74 Years Ago

HISTORY OF D-DAY Seventy-four years ago, on June 6, 1944, the Allies launched an offensive on the Normandy coast of France to liberate continental Europe from the Nazi German occupation. D-Day was the largest invasion by sea in all of history, literally turning the tide. It was the beginning of the end of the War. General…

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Memorial Day: Why We Fight

MEMORIAL DAY: WHY WE FIGHT The world is different than it was even a decade and a half ago as we celebrate Memorial Day. We have troops in countries now that we didn’t have then, and after 9/11 we now remember why we fight. The History Channel often re-runs the HBO series Band of Brothers,…

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History of V-E Day: End of WWII in Europe 70 Years Ago

HISTORY OF V-E DAY Seventy years ago today World War II ended in Europe with the acceptance by the Allies of unconditional surrender from Germany. Or did it?   May 7, 1945 At 2:41 AM the Allied General Dwight Eisenhower received the unconditional surrender of German General Alfred Jodi at Reims, France at the Supreme…

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History of the Liberation of Dachau: April 30, 1945. Part 2

HISTORY OF THE LIBERATION OF DACHAU: APRIL 30, 1945. Part 2 In Part 1 I discussed the Nazi Concentration Camps and the initial movement of US Army divisions into Dachau. The Camp As my father and the 42nd “Rainbow” Division moved into the Dachau Concentration Camp, of the 32,000 survivors still alive in the main…

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History of the Liberation of Dachau: April 29, 1945. Part 1

HISTORY OF THE LIBERATION OF DACHAU: APRIL 29, 1945. Part 1 I remember what my father had told me of his involvement in the liberation of Dachau shortly before he died 40 years ago. Some of his war buddies discovered the tribute site I’d created for him and called or emailed me to recount stories…

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History of the Liberation of Dachau — a personal view

HISTORY OF THE LIBERATION OF DACHAU On April 29, 1945… 68 years ago, toward the end of World War II the Allies captured and liberated Dachau. My father, Staff Sergeant John Petro was one of the liberators. It was one of the few stories from The War that my father told me in full. Dachau…

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Memorial Day: Why We Fight

MEMORIAL DAY: WHY WE FIGHT The world is different than it was even a decade ago as we celebrate Memorial Day. We now are fighting a war, and we now remember why we fight. The History Channel re-runs the HBO series “Band of Brothers,” the adaptation of the Stephen Ambrose book about a company of…

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History of Veterans Day

HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY A professor once commented, “We write things down so we can forget them.” Now, of course this is wrong, except in the limited sense of writing down appointments so we don’t have to worry about missing meetings. But that’s just it, we do forget things. As individuals we forget things that…

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History of Memorial Day: Why We Fight

MEMORIAL DAY: WHY WE FIGHT The world is different than it was even a few years ago as we celebrate Memorial Day. We now are fighting a war, and we now remember why we fight. The History Channel re-runs the HBO series “Band of Brothers,” the adaptation of the Stephen Ambrose book about a company…

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