In the early hours of my morning hardly awake I noticed that it was the 6th of June which of course is the anniversary of D-Day, a significant part of the Second World War. Some would argue that this is the decisive change in the war but I would say that it's a bit more complicated than that; certainly Operation Barbarossa was a huge change: it completely changed the sides and the maps as well; it would have grave consequences for German citizens but also the Reich itself. I've written about this some before but that wasn't about Barbarossa itself nor was it about D-Day: but it is D-Day today. Now even if one cannot say that it's the decisive change in the war it is still a very significant thing, Operation Overlord. The trouble is what could I write specially about D-Day? Well there are a lot of things one could consider but I need to preface this with a couple things.
First of all is that I am extremely tired (thus any inconsistencies or out of place text is entirely possible) lately and some of this will be very simplified. This (simplified) is not something I like to do but I don't want to actually get into the war itself so much as making this more of a statement against the horrors of war and the tragic loss of lives.
Second is related to the first: there is much that could be elaborated on and although I will refer to certain things in the war I am not going to say the names of places either: at least not all places. Again this is not really about the war itself because at this time nothing comes to mind of what I could write about D-Day itself. There are books all about it and actually I have been reading a lot again about the Second World War but primarily about the Nazi Party from the time Hitler took over the DAP (German Workers' Party) renaming it National Socialists German Workers' Party (NSDAP), something that make many believe (erroneously) it was a form of socialism. I have also read about a little known battle on the American shores (the only battle unless we consider the German attack on the eastern shore of the US that the US covered up or otherwise consider the sabotage plot - that one of the conspirators backed out of and warned the US though they thought he was insane at first). Put another way I'm not really reading about the Allies so my head is not there at this time.
This will thus talk a bit about D-Day but mostly about the tragedy of war and how it can inspire the best and worst of people: sometimes even the same people! This document is not the best organised because I don't have the faculties or inclination to fully do it justice but I wanted to write something anyway since it was 75 years ago. I will talk briefly about the deception leading up to the operation but rather than talk about D-Day itself I am going to talk about the tragedies of war as well as talk about my view of what a war hero is and give a beautiful example where a German sacrificed himself in an attempt to save an American he had been in combat with not long before.