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, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.
August 1914. The nations of Europe march enthusiastically to war. Capturing the mood of the time, famed sociologist Max Weber declares: "Regardless of outcome, this war is great and wonderful."
With war plans like Germany's Schlieffen Plan and France's Plan XVII in place, each side is confident in early August that they can secure a quick victory. What they ultimately discover is that war is easy to plan...until it starts.
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We are reaching out to the Barrington Community for Donations for our WWI Footlocker. Once we have completed this project it will be available for classrooms, students, Scouts and other educational groups.
Enlisted men did not have footlockers, only officers - so we are asking that you look through your attics, barns, basements and see if you have any of the following items from WWI 1914 - 1918.
Typical contents would include:
Spare uniform of Model 1917 service coat, breeches, shirt, collar, boots, overseas cap
But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.
George Eliot (1819-1880)