D-Day 75th anniversary – jaded by war history

I must admit I have not had much interest in the 75th anniversary D-Day commemorations. I think I’m getting jaded by World War remembrances.

We have just finished five years of World War 1 centenary remembrances.

There was recent focus on the Monte Casino battle that was 75 years ago in Italy.

And we have an annual ANZAC splurge of war remembrances- media interest seems to have surged.

The media are running out of Returrned Servicemen who served in the second world war, but still manage to find someone who served and remembers the horrors and the lost comrades. Obviously it’s a big deal for them.

But, while the big wars need to be remembered so we can avoid anything like that scale of carnage and destruction again, I wonder if the commemorations are becoming a bit old hat.

I don’t mean to be disrespectful.

I realise we are going to get a string of 75 year commemorations of the end of World War 2.

But I would prefer to put more focus into what we can do to improve the world now and for the future. lessons of the past can be useful, put putting those lessons into practice now can be lost in the nostalgia.

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  1. NOEL

     /  7th June 2019

    If you think 75 years is to much there is 100 in the wings.
    Doubt any Veterans will be attending.

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  2. Duker

     /  7th June 2019

    The Veterans arent really the centre of these things at 100 years. To see Merkel sitting there amoung other leaders I thought was chutzpah though .
    The revisionists are coming out of the woodwork, I heard some one on the radio saying Hilter wanted peace – during the phony war period….after taking Austria, Czechoslovakia and part of Poland ( with Russia) . Thats right, peace was in his heart even as they then were rounding up jews in Poland for shooting.

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    • Gezza

       /  7th June 2019

      He wanted peace in the sense that he didn’t originally plan to go to war with Western Europe & hoped they’d just cave in when he grabbed half of Poland. His original plan was always to invade Eastern Europe & Russia for Lebensraum & clear the jews out wherever they found them.

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    • Gezza

       /  7th June 2019

      The 1st & 2nd World Wars will probably always be remembered at regular intervals by all participating countries because they were the first industrial scale virtually global conflicts & caused such immense loss of life.

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      • Please give Jew a capital J, it’s a proper name and it’s not very respectful to call Jews ‘jews’.

        I can understand why Neville Chamberlain wanted peace; they were still recovering from the first war which had ended 20 years earlier.

        I read that Hitler didn’t know about the death camps until nearly the end. Oh yes, I believe THAT…I DON’T think.

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  3. Tom Hunter

     /  7th June 2019

    I think I’m getting jaded by World War remembrances.

    Interesting comment from a Baby Boomer, given that these remembrances have actually only become prominent in the last twenty years or so, following decades of dismissal by the children of that war generation.

    The change was well captured by Professsor David Gelernter in his 2004 WSJ article, Too Much, Too Late, although he had no time for it:

    My political credo is simple and many people share it: I am against phonies. A cultural establishment that (on the whole) doesn’t give a damn about World War II or its veterans thinks it can undo a half-century of indifference verging on contempt by repeating a silly phrase (“the greatest generation”) like a magic spell while deploying fulsome praise like carpet bombing.

    The campaign is especially intense among members of the 1960s generation who once chose to treat all present and former soldiers like dirt and are willing at long last to risk some friendly words about World War II veterans, now that most are safely underground and guaranteed not to talk back, enjoy their celebrity or start acting like they own the joint. A quick glance at the famous Hemingway B.S. detector shows the needle pegged at Maximum, where it’s been all week, from Memorial Day through the D-Day anniversary run-up

    The wheel turns, but I must say I prefer to see the end of the insincerity and attitudes getting back to normal.

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    • Duker

       /  7th June 2019

      A bit silly. Even the survivors of both the world wars didnt want to talk about it outside the veterans groups for a long time after.
      The 1960s and Vietnam was a VALID reason to oppose military means to resolve conflict like that.
      Gelernter seems to overlook the 60,000 or so US soldiers who did die in Vietnam and the
      anti war protest was of the SAME generation who could have gone to die there. The WW2 generation, no longer eligible to serve ( unless senior officers) were the ones supporting that war.
      US combat related looses in WW1 were only 52,000 ( 63,000 to disease , Spanish flu?) not much more than US combat related casualties in Vietnam.
      The 60s generation had real reasons to oppose Vietnam seems to be overlooked.

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    • Duker

       /  7th June 2019

      That ppicture of the arch over the stage , with different flags for ‘D75’
      Germany I suppose were ‘involved’ , but Greece ( occupied) Denmark ( occupied but not really a belligerent as they didnt want anything broken a bit like Luxembourg), Slovakia a nazi ally.
      It should only be those allied national forces were involved in landing. UK ,Canada, US , France.
      NZ was involved in Mediterranean but didnt get involved in any of those ‘ beach landings’

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