Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day June 6, 1944

Huffington Post  The hero who saved D-Day [Brigadier General Norman] Cota had previously decided that the men would need leadership early on, and went in early that morning, the highest ranking officer on the beach. He found chaos, and began to organize and inspire. Amidst heavy fire, he rallied his men; it was Cota who called out to one special unit, "Rangers, lead the way," a line that is now the official motto of that elite force.

But he did a lot more than that. In one of those "Eureka" moments that seems simple--after the fact-- he realized that the only way the Americans could win was by attacking the bluffs. These were the elevations, rolling hills, that linked the draws, only about 100-150 feet high, and relatively undefended. Once they took these positions, the soldiers could work their way along the ridgelines, then take the German fortifications in the flank. Cota grabbed a bunch of troops and then he, not the Rangers, lead the way. Up and over they went; at one point the general got far ahead of his men, and when they caught up, he was standing, twirling his .45 pistol on his forefinger, admonishing the lower ranks that they couldn't always depend on him to show them how to do things. We took the bluffs, then the draws, then Omaha Beach.

Put as bluntly as possible, D-Day succeeded because of Norman Cota



3 comments :

  1. No D-Day should pass without watching The Great Communicator:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIqdcHbc8I

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  2. Garnel IronheartJune 6, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I'm always fascinated by American presentations of WW2 history. You'd get the impression that they were the only Allied army of any importance at D-Day.

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  3. This may be of interest:

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/06/06/world/americas/06reuters-spain-jews.html

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