War and History Non-Fiction posted March 15, 2023

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June 6, 1944

The Beach at Normandy

by jmdg1954


Daylight… Allies invade German occupied France’s, Normandy coast. Amphibious assault begins. First and fifth soldier safely out of landing craft, those in between, shot or killed. Yearlong preparations significantly thwarted. 

Screams and horror fill the air. Soldiers lie in pools of blood soaking the sand as enemy bombs explode. Bullets fly inflicting substantial casualties on landing U.S. troops. German artillery unexpectedly strong. 

With no shelter from enemy fire, further craft landings were suspended. 

Battle-hardened soldiers follow orders and march forward against intense firepower.  

Day turns to night, then back to day. No rest until the objective is achieved. 


I watched with my son for probably the 8th time, Saving Private Ryan over the weekend.

When the movie first came out, he asked his grandfather where he was that day. Fortunately he was stationed somewhere in England away from the combat. His other question was if he had a buzz-cut? Kids are amazing.

I wanted a little practice writing a short flash piece. This is what I came up with.
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