Ghosts of the Past

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, when 76 years s ago Allied forces staged an enormous assault on German positions on the beaches of Normandy, France.

The bunker shown in the photo was actually located quite a bit South of Normandy, but it was built by the Germans in anticipation of a coastal attack so I thought the reblog appropriate for today.

Especially as we look at what’s going on around us now. Evil never really goes away, just in to hiding. Remembering the past helps us recognize when it again rears its ugly head and hopefully beat it back down.

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Bunkers Surfers Catching Waves Beside WWII Nazi Bunkers-Capbreton, France 2017

Tucked away in the Southwest corner of France at the mouth of the Bay of Biscay, sits the little town of Capbreton which my mom’s side of the family has been connected with since the 1800’s.

The town, once known as the City of 100 Captains, has a lively history; a Viking invasion, King Henry IV riding his horse through the doors of its ancient church and bumping his head on the portal, Napoleon III building a wooden jetty to protect the port that still stands today and a German occupation during World War II by  that left defense bunkers on the little town’s beautiful beaches.  

It’s these bunkers that fascinate me the most.  Built for Hitler’s infamous Atlantic Wall defense against an impending Allied attack; they were part of a massive complex of over 10,000 fortified structures stretching…

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5 Responses to Ghosts of the Past

  1. The Night Wind says:

    I was thinking the other day about the similarities in media treatment of George Floyd (today) and this guy 90 years ago: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horst_Wessel

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  2. Being back in Atlanta with the kids I didn’t get to write a post today, let alone focus on D-Day— I’m so glad you did!!!
    I find it egregious rioters in London yesterday defaced Churchill’s statue and rationalized it that he was a racist 🙄😑
    Ode to any inkling of our various days gone by— not every previous generation has had the gift of being oh so woke—again 😑
    I did catch a great story about a gentleman living in a small French village in Normandy, that due to the lockdown, had offered to decorate the graves of those families hi could not come themselves— what started out with maybe 5 blossomed to hundreds— decorating each one, alone but grateful to do so.
    With destruction and riots being the last thing on his kind and giving mind!!!!

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