Watching news clips of Veterans visiting France 75 years after they first set boot to sand once again reminded YHC how fortunate we are. We wear shorts and tshirts to our little workouts to try to make ourselves and our brothers better men. Our Grandfathers wore helmets and carried guns to save the world.
The least we can do is honor them on this day.
*All “facts” related to D-Day are from the InterWeb, so they must be true.
No Digital jukebox today, a first for YHC Q. Instead pondered on our fortune while embracing the suck.
June 6, 1944 Normandy, France: 8 mile stretch of beach Code-name OMAHA
Omaha’s actual beach was 300 yds, followed by small sea wall, then 200 yds of loose sand called a shelf, finally 50ft cliffs. Mines, man made obstacles, machine gun and artillery fire, poor conditions, too much gear…All made this a true HELL.
There were 8 gun battlements that had to be captured.
2,501 Americans are believed to have died on that beach that day.
SSH, Imperial Walkers,
Started to roll with standard Sun gods, audible to Moroccan Night clubs
Grab a small coupon, suitable for running. It will be your weapon for the day.
Mosey to top of hill.
25 Merkins as toll before every new obstacle. (Merkins changed to Squats, Overhead claps, sun gods, then reverse sun gods per round) 25 for the 2,501 men killed.
All runs with coupon.
Beach – 300yd~ run parking lot
Sea Wall – hop over fence
Shelf – run length of football field then back
Cliff – up and down hill twice
Repeat up to 8 times to capture all battlements.
Time ran out before we could complete mission. 5 of 8 battlements conquered.
Mary – 25 LBCs IC
Tough BD with great PAX. Tad bit humid. We will have to pull this one out again to finish the mission.
Prayer of thanks for Men that risked everything for Liberty.
Thanks to the Men and Women who supported those men.
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944 ! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.