Fourth Turnings arrive every 80 years like clockwork. The pictures below will give you an idea of what awaits us over the next ten to fifteen years. There is no way to avoid facing the trials and tribulations of a Fourth Turning.

“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

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great
and noble undertaking.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower

On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory,” according to the U.S. Army website about D-Day. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion. The cost was high — more than 9,000 allied soldiers were killed or wounded — but more than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe that led to the liberation of France and marked the turning point in the Western theater of World War II. Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, still one of the world’s most gut-wrenching and consequential battles. At left, a Catholic chaplain conducts services on a pier for the first D-Day assault troops in Weymouth, England.

This photograph, credited to Chief Photographer’s Mate Robert F. Sargent, is titled “Into the Jaws of Death — U.S. Troops wading through water and Nazi gunfire.” It has been captioned: Landing craft from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembark troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing, two-thirds of Company E became casualties.

Soldiers in cargo vehicles move onto a beach in Normandy during the invasion. After fierce fighting, the Allies established a foothold in northern France.

American soldiers help others whose landing craft was sunk off Utah Beach on D-Day. The survivors reached the beach of Cherbourg by using a life raft.

Supreme Allied Commander U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks with the 101st Airborne Division paratroopers before they board airplanes and gliders to take part in a parachute assault into Normandy as part of the Allied Invasion of Europe.

An American soldier, who has just landed his glider, crosses a field during the parachute assault on Normandy.

Canadian soldiers from the 6th Brigade bring bicycles ashore at Juno Beach in the second wave of troops in the D-Day invasion.

U.S. soldiers land on Utah Beach from the landing craft. According to the U.S. Army, Utah Beach was added to the initial invasion plan almost as an afterthought. The allies needed a major port as soon as possible, and Utah Beach would U.S. troops within 60 kilometers of Cherbourg at the outset. The major obstacles in this sector weren’t so much the beach defenses, but the flooded and rough terrain that blocked the way north.

U.S. assault troops of the 16th Infantry Regiment, wounded on Omaha Beach on D-Day, wait for evacuation for further medical treatment in Collville-sur-Mer, Normandy.

British soldiers read a tourist guide about France aboard a landing craft on D-Day. Some 75,215 British and Canadian troops and 57,500 U.S. troops landed by sea that day. By June 11, the Allies had secured the Cotentin Peninsula beyond Cherbourg but progress continued slowly as the Germans put up fierce resistance. The end of the Normandy campaign came with the destruction of the German 7th Army in the Falaise pocket in August.

The U.S. Army website about D-Day says of this photograph: “The spirit of the American soldier: this beachhead is secure.” Fellow soldiers erected this monument to an American soldier killed somewhere on the shell-blasted coast of Normandy.

Via Marketwatch

39 thoughts on “70 YEARS AGO”

  1. D-Day , another nasty example of the rashness of pride requiring the unnecessary sacrifice of American lives for the sake of projecting the power and prestige of the bloody empire.


    OVERLORD: The Unnecessary Invasion


    Lt Col William F. Moore




    The massive allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944 was not necessary for the military defeat of Germany. The German Army had already been destroyed on the eastern front, and the German war industry was being devastated by the combined bombing offensive. According to Trumbull Higgins,

    When the British were finally compelled by their Allies to invade France in 1944, it was an invasion essentially undertaken in the self-interest of the West, the terrible risk of the collapse of the Soviet Union having long since passed. At this date the Red Army no longer needed more than Western supplies with which to occupy eastern Europe. (4:283)

    The Normandy invasion was simply too late to be of meaningful assistance to the Russians. In fact, Stalin had conceded that is was no longer necessary.

    Furthermore, many capable allied strategists knew that OVERLORD was no longer required and recommended against it. Why were these recommendations not heeded, especially since they would have resulted in greatly reduced British and American casualties? Two considerations cannot be ignored. First was the sheer momentum behind the OVERLORD planning. American planners had placed all their European “eggs” in this basket, they had been advocating OVERLORD against the British for over two years, and they were unwilling to concede to the British position in late 1943. Secondly, American leaders, including Roosevelt, felt that unless American forces took a significant (albeit late) share in defeating the German Army, the Russians would be entirely uncooperative in the post-war world and probably would


    not assist in defeating the Japanese. The British were much less concerned about Russian sensitivities, feeling instead that their post-war interests would be better served by strengthening and conserving their armed forces rather than squandering them on the beaches of Normandy.

    OVERLORD was not a military necessity; it was an unnecessary military gamble that could easily have failed. In retrospect, it is impossible to understand why American strategists were so committed to it. This commitment itself is evidence of serious strategic inflexibility. American planners either could not or would not adjust to the realities of the European theater in late 1943 and early 1944. Having already made the investment in a strategic bombing force that, in combination with the Russian Army, could have defeated Germany in a matter of months, why did the US not unleash the bombers and turn its attention to the Pacific theater? Why did US strategists not accept British recommendations for a less risky Mediterranean/Balkan strategy that would have left the western forces in a much more favorable post-war position relative to the Russians? The answers to these questions have political as well as military dimensions. President Roosevelt believed he could buy Stalin’s post-war cooperation. When Stalin expressed his final preference for OVERLORD at Tehran, he essentially allowed American political and military strategy to coalesce. OVERLORD was what the Russians still wanted and it was what Gen Marshall had always wanted. Roosevelt could not have been more pleased.


    In the final analysis, parochialism cannot be discounted. During World War I American leaders and forces had chafed under the constraints of a strategy developed by Britain. With World War II, America had another opportunity to assert its world leadership role and develop the strategy for victory. Gen Marshall was entirely consistent with the attitudes of the American people and their political leaders when he insisted that OVERLORD, the American plan, would be used to defeat Germany. Furthermore, and perhaps even more important to Gen Marshall, he knew that victory in the Pacific theater would be achieved primarily by Naval and Air forces. Geography alone dictated this. OVERLORD was the last opportunity for the US Army to play a major a rather than a peripheral role in the victory. General Marshall simply would not let such an opportunity pass.


  2. Flash, so you think it would have been better for all of Europe to fall into an eastern bloc sphere?

    Perhaps, yet Stalin proved to be far worse than Hitler in numbers of his own people killed. I don’t see how giving him free reign over Europe would have been to anyone’s advantage, except maybe by dropping an atomic bomb on Moscow, the US could have finished what Hitler started.

    Copy and paste fail!

  3. Flash,

    Stalin was not a real fexible guy, he wanted a second front and push for it, even though your point, it may have not been necessary by June 1944. The British wanted their empire in tact, and the U.S. had thousands upon thousands of war material and men in Britian. The war thing made lots of the .01 rich, war is not so bad if you don’t have to give your own blood. They sure in the hell did not want to see all the war material back home rusting.

    The book I read about Sen. McGovern who flew a B-24 in WWII, stated that most men in WWII had never been out the counties they were born in. This was the great adventure for many and we lost one third of our dead in training exercise before going into battle.

    I think WWII was somewhat a just war, but since then I have been more anti-war as I age. What has somewhat changed my view on WWII, is that we sucked the Japanese into attacking us. Teddy Roosevelt sent Taft and his daughter (Alice was a slutty little hottie) to Toyko to tell the Japanese that Asia was for Asians, and they got with the program big time.

  4. America could not afford to see the reds settle in whole continental europe and just let england, spain and italy face it. It was a stategic move that prevented a ww3 in the fifties.
    let’s not forget that ruskies put the price on it, their average losses since 1943 were 10.000 men PER DAY…
    despite 80.000 civilians were killed in the bombings during the liberation and a dozen of town erased from the map, French people are still thanksfull that America that existed at the time got rid of the krauts (les boches). my aunt gave my cousin an american first name (Steve), and one of my uncles enlisted in an american unit in Korea (KIA). a cousin of my mother married a US soldier and left for Salt lake city.
    it was a dirty war and people were fed up. all families had casualties with 3 major wars in less than 70 years. an orange for christmas and meat once a week until 1946, I let you imagine. people were crying when it ended

    for the young guys and the survivors, it was just to be sent in indochina (vietnam) or algeria. I respect the elders, they took their fair share of shit life

  5. These images suggest the scale of the struggle we face but its actual nature will be completely different. For one thing, the moral character of the people has fallen catastrophically since 1944. Our treacherous “leadership” caste is even lower and more cynical than FDR and his henchmen were and no longer even pretend to sympathize with the people they “serve.” These facts give us a hint of what’s coming.

  6. My father got to “play on the beach”, that day.

    What naysayers don’t take into account is that we wanted an unconditional surrender so that we would not have to face another German effort twenty or thirty years later. We were fighting German history.

    Plus the antipathy toward an eventual USSR control of western Europe. An Iron Curtain extending to the Bay of Biscay? We’d likely have wound up in a war with the USSR to save Great Britain.

  7. Nonanon , as usual you fly off the handle with irrelevant arguments bases solely on your desire to argue.

    The point of the USAF LT Colonel’s was not whether or not the eastern bloc could be contained , but whether it was justifiable necessary or not for the US to invade Normandy for the purpose of defeating Hitler which had already been accomplished by the Red Army.

    Buchanan in his very well researched book Hitler ,Churchill and the Unnecessary war makes the case that the war against Germany was unwarranted and unnecessary , while the real threat to world peace was Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union….well worth a read. http://www.amazon.com/Churchill-Hitler-The-Unnecessary-War/dp/0307405168

  8. A couple of touching photos I came across while surfing the web instead of doing the things I need to get done today. I admit it….I have an addiction to the Internet. So what?

    An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument


    Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943
    (Note:….”photograph was actually created in 2006-2007 for a photo competition. It is based on archive photos from the war in Russia in 1941-1945.”)


  9. Today, June 5th, is also the date that The Guardian / Greenwald first published Snowden’s leaks about the NSA. One year ago today.

  10. Is it June 5th already? Holy Crap, it won’t be long now before it will be 110 F and 1000% humidity here in Houston (shudders).

  11. D-Day was a first class clusterfuck, and we’re lucky the gods smiled on us. I wonder who the Germans prayed to….

    Whenever I read about this WWII stuff, whether it’s the rah-rah nationalist stuff, or the historians dissecting it and (maybe) cutting through some of the obvious bullshit, I just remember my own childhood, and how many hundreds of World at War type comic books I read, from 1960 until Viet Nam changed things politically.

    Every one of those comic books was pure Bernaysian bullshit designed to make us think we were (a) morally superior, (b) physically more able, and (c) smarter than the Japanese and the Germans. Nowadays I know that was never true.

    War is a racket. Waving the flag is a proven strategy for getting Americans to do stupid shit that isn’t in the best interest of the common man here.

  12. My grandfather was in the first wave going up the beach in Omaha section. He said the combat was so loud you couldn’t heard anything but machine gun fire and shells hitting all around.He said they had about 150 yards of of open beach they had to cross.He said if you stopped running you died.They lost half the men in their unit that day on the beach. At about 11:00 am they started breaking through the German defenses. He said he remember looking up and down the beach .The wounded ,dying and dead where all over the beach.He told me numerous times it was either luck or the grace GOD that he survived D DAY .He always felt bad about not being able to help his friends that got hit on the beach.Taking about his friends that died on the beach was the only time I ever saw tears in his eyes.

  13. Flash, there is no war justified in the sight of God Almighty, and I’ll leave it at that.

    Zara may take exception, for the jihad, but I don’t. I also believe one has a right to defend themselves, there again, Zara may take exception in the case of Israel, but I don’t.

    Flash, once again, brilliantly wrong on nearly all counts.

    “There is a way that seems right to a man,
    but its end is the way to death.”

    (Proverbs 14:12 ESV)

  14. Nonanon,

    1) There is no “jihad” in zoroastrianism

    2) Offense does not equal defense. Israel is almost always the aggressor.

  15. I don’t know the “real” history of WWII. Do you? After 70 years of Hollywood World War II movies, TV shows, endless WWII video games, and worst of all that history is written by the victors (and slanted appropriately in their favor) …… how is it possible, except for the very astute and exceedingly patient, to know the “real” truth?

    But, I can guess and deduce.

    And one of those deductions is that the ultimate importance of D-Day is highly exaggerated.

    For one thing, there are several WWII battles in which more men died than all the soldiers who took part in D-Day.

    Of course, this was America’s Big Launch into the Big War, so THAT must make it important. The world’s indispensable nation comes to the rescue. But, the tide had already turned, and Germany’s fate was already sealed. I have zero doubt that Russia would have defeated Germany … it would have taken longer, but it would have happened. There were other, more important, battles.

    Perhaps it was The Battle of Dunkirk, May 1940 … which Churchill called “a colossal military disaster”, and that “the whole root and core and brain of the British Army” had been stranded …. but the battle turned into ‘The Miracle at Dunkirk” when inexplicably 300,000 Allies were allowed to escape.

    Perhaps it was The Battle of Kursk, Aug 1943, …. the largest armored clash in history up to that time ….. one million casualties (dead and wounded) ……….. 7 THOUSAND tanks and assault guns lost …. a majorly decisive victory for the Soviets, an equally devastating loss for the Germans from which they never recovered fully.

    Perhaps it was The Battle of Stalingrad ….. where the Germans lost NINE HUNDRED aircraft, 500 tanks, 6,000 artillery pieces, and around ONE MILLION casualties. Sounds like a bigger deal to me than D-Day. Lesser known is the Battle Of Moscow … with combined casualties numbering around 2 million.

    Here’s the bottom line; about 9 out of 10 German casualties took place on the Eastern Front. So, I find it hard to believe D-Day was all that significant in terms of being a “turning point” in WWII. It wasn’t, except in WWII movies.

  16. Stucky , it was a turning point for the men that had to take that beach.It was significant because it open the western front so Hitler had to pull some of his best troops off the eastern front.If nothing else the US and England kept a promise to Stalin. Next you’ll probably say dropping the atomic bombs on Japan was unnecessary.Right?Criticism of the decisions made during war only come from people who have never fought in a war but you sure have enjoyed the results of all those men dying.Right?You have never had to do anything in life compared to what the soldiers did in WW2 You have just laid on your ass and got fat .Ask your father what he think about the war and the soldiers that fought it .You might be surprised.
    I have as much respect for the German soldiers that fought the war as I do American.

  17. “Next you’ll probably say dropping the atomic bombs on Japan was unnecessary.Right?” —- Pb

    hard to believe, but I am going to answer you without calling you a Village Idiot. Consider it one of the Most Blessed days of your life.

    That’s right, nuking Japan was unnecessary. It’s been debated here often.

    The Japs WANTED to surrender. Their ONLY condition was that the Emperor would not be tried for war crimes. We refused. In the end, the Emperor was not tried anyway. So, why drop it? The war was drawing to a close, everyone knew it, but the bomb had to be dropped to scare the Commie Russians.

  18. Battles/Smattles, it’s all politics and NONE of it benefits the 99%.
    Let those “leaders” who propose war lead the charge and put their own lives on the line. Then perhaps I’ll agree that a war is necessary.
    As Marvin Gaye put it so well, “War is not the answer, for only love can combat hate”.

  19. The last place I lived I had a neighbor that lived through the Normandy invasion and later was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. There was one time we got into a long discussion of his experiences in the war. He said the much of what you read of the Battle of the Bulge is just bull shit. He said that there were a whole series of major fuck-ups by those in command that got a lot of guys killed. You won’t find that in most of the history books. He said that there is a book that tells the story as it really was. Sorry don’t remember the name of the book.

  20. Stucky , bullshit , the Japs had no intention of surrendering. Even after Russia declared war on Japan they still refused. Know your history dumbshit.

  21. “…the Japs had no intention of surrendering” —- the world’s biggest idiot

    You are so goddamned stupid words escape me. “Village Idiot” BARELY scratches the surface. No doubt you were jerking off while reading your comic book history text. Fact is …

    Japan approached the Soviet Union in mid July 1945 with a view to using the Soviet Union as an intermediary to a negotiated peace with the US and Britain. Japan proposed sending Prince Konoye as an emissary to the Soviet Union to open discussions with the Soviets about acting as intermediaries. The Soviets stonewalled the Japanese proposals. Foreign Minister Molotov fobbed the Japanese ambassador off on a junior official and then left with Stalin for the Potsdam Conference where they renewed their pledge to declare war against Japan three months after the defeat of Germany.

    Below are THE ACTUAL WORDS from The Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs to the
    Japanese Ambassador to the Soviet Union.

    [Emphasis for you, Major General Dumbass Pb]

    “The foreign and domestic situation for the Empire is very serious, and even the termination of the war is now being considered privately. Therefore the conversations mentioned in my telegram No. 852 are not being limited solely to the objective of closer relations between Japan and the U.S.S.R., but we are also sounding out the extent to which WE MIGHT EMPLOY THE U.S.S.R. IN CONNECTION WITH THE TERMINATION OF THE WAR.”

    Link … full text … actual Japan to Russia transcript —–

  22. bb says:

    Stucky , bullshit , the Japs had no intention of surrendering. Even after Russia declared war on Japan they still refused. Know your history dumbshit.

    The Japs never wanted war with the US and Britain in the beginning.

  23. “ … you sure have enjoyed the results of all those men dying. Right?” —- Village Doofus

    Exactly WHAT “results” are you talking about?? Hmmm? Yes, please DO tell me about all the wonderful good results I’m enjoying.

    Also, please do illuminate me about the winners of that war. Who were the winners …. and tell me what they won.

    Crickets. So many many crickets.

    I do know one thing. If Germany would have won, my parents probably wouldn’t have come to the USA … and I wouldn’t be talking to a major league shit-for-brains … YOU.

  24. You see you just proved what I said .Even after the Russians declared war the Japs refused to surrender.The terms where unconditional surrender . There was to be no negotiating with the Germans
    Or the Japanese. They refused unconditional surrender. Russia attacked and they still refused. America dropped the bombs. Maybe you’re goddamn idiot because don’t know history.

  25. MrZ Japan didn’t want war with America. What in the hell was Pearl Harbor. Sure seems like they wanted war or am I missing something.?Idiots and more idiots. I am surrounded by idiots. GOD HELP

  26. I only want to remember those brave soldiers and give pause to their sacrifice. As one who has faced gunfire dozens of times, I would have been scared shitless.

    No politics. No analysis. Let us hold these dear heroes in our hearts forever.

  27. Morons,

    Japan did not want a war with the United States. The United States was, at that time, the Saudia Arabia of the world and had just decided that an oil embargo against Japan would be a pretty kick ass thing to do. An embargo is generally considered to be an Act of War. Given that Japan has no oil, it could either attack the US and attempt to seize energy resources in Asia or sit back and watch its people starve.

    The Japanese thought that the destruction of our fleet in our imperial outpost in Hawaii as well as the liberation of the Phillipines would be enough of a blow to get us to mind our own business. Hell, it had worked against the Russians in 1905 so it wasn’t like it was some wild idea. A crazy long and protracted war was the very last thing they wanted.

    Luckily for us, all of our kick ass cool modern ships just happened to be elsewhere when the Japanese attacked and all they destroyed were some obsolete ships that were purposely sacrificed by Roosevelt as it was plainly obvious as to what the Japanese were up to.

    The Japanese were not idiots and realized that the war was lost when we began firebombing their cities. Hell, we roasted more than 100,000 people in a single evening. The only thing they wanted was to keep their ceremonial emperor/god so he could continue to wear his funny glasses and prance about in his silly costumes doing harm to no one but we, instead, murdered hundreds of thousands of defenseless civilians with nuclear weapons in order to scare the crap out of the rest of the world.

    Truman was a war ciminal.

    As a side note, our invasion of France may have shortened the war by a few weeks at best. The largest attack the Americans faced was 13 understrength divisions (made up of children and old men) while the Soviet Union faced, at times, 200 divisions of the best soldiers Germany could assemble. Go look at the photos and newsreels of the captured German “soldiers” and you’ll be shocked to see just how tiny those little boys look in their uniforms and helmets. They were children.

  28. “Exactly WHAT “results” are you talking about?? ……… Also, please do illuminate me about the winners of that war. Who were the winners …. and tell me what they won.”
    ———— me to shit-for-brains, a.k.a., bb

    I’m waiting.

  29. bb, During the war, the Japanese were little yellow bucktoothed monsters who wore bottle lens glasses. After they surrendered, they became normal people who built good cars.

  30. Pb,
    i asked you this question a long time ago, what have you contributed to this site?

    what article or post have you ever created?

    all you want to do is wait for other people to do something so you can either reap the reward of their work and/or mock it while being ignorant or trolling.
    if you had differring opinions but posted articles or even a link in the comments that added something to the conversations/debates you could argue you have some redeeming quality but you don’t.
    for all the defending of copfuks that you profess, you only offer miniscule anecdotal stories and have never posted a link or created a post of a cop doing something good. i know these stories exist because even I have posted them (I remember one where the cop understood open carry and interacting with those practiciing it was done in a totally respectful manner).
    it’s not even fair to call you the “village idiot”, i don’t think you are actually dumb.
    i have had a few interesting conversations regarding firearms but that is about it.

    why people here dont’ respect you here is simple. something that takes, consumes and abuses while not providing something of substance in return is a parasitic. you are not the village idiot, you are the village parasite.

  31. Regarding the problem of the Just War Theory.
    It is a lot easier to identify unjust wars than just wars.
    For example, if you have to travel half way across the globe
    to the battlefield, you are probably there by choice.

  32. Armchair strategy retrospectives interest me less than things like knowing that BG Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., at age 56 probably too old to have been going ashore with the second wave (he took his cane), rallied his troops as their ship neared the Normandy shoreline by leading them in ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’ One of the men who sang with him. Lt. John Lewis, said it was sobering to sing, “As God died to make men holy/let us die to make them free” at that moment.

    The words of one 4T summoned across the span of a lifetime to lift the hearts of men facing the climax of another.


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