"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." -Winston Churchill
On the morning of June 6, 1944, the Allied Expeditionary Force landed on the shores of Normandy, France, bringing the Western Front to Fortress Europe.
While all of the some 160,000 Allied troops are heroes to be remembered, some of the most impressive were the men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. These men came ashore on the right flank of a 6,000-yard stretch of beach situated between Vierville and Colleville code named "Omaha." Here the 2nd Ranger Battalion assaulted a place called Pointe du Hoc. Atop one hundred foot high sheer and overhanging cliffs sat a German fortification designed to house a coastal battery of six-155mm Howitzers.
Unknown at the time, the Germans had moved these guns a mile and a half inland to protect them from Allied Air Force raids and Naval bombardment. Nonetheless, the fortifications gave the Germans an excellent defensive position from which they could harass then Allied troops massing on Omaha Beach.
Despite a heavy German defense, the men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled these cliffs, driving the Nazis and their French collaborators from their bunkers and fortifications.
These were and are True Heroes. To them, as well as all of the men of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, and especially those of the United States Army, Army Air Forces, Navy, and Marines, and the wives, parents, and children of those who served, let me extend my sincere and profound gratitude.
From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.
William K Elliott
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
William K Elliott
William is a member of that ever-popular group known as “Aspiring Writers,” also known as “unemployed.” He has been dabbling in writing for some twenty or thirty years, and has finally decided to “get down to business.” With inspiration from Steven King’s “On Writing,” and a lot of support from his wife, Kristy, he has been working on his first novel.