D-Day: Etched in the sands of time

2 thoughts on “D-Day: Etched in the sands of time”

  1. The horrors of war have been experienced for all of recorded history, and before the invention of writing, no doubt, but because of the workings of psychology mankind has evolved a kind of denial of their reality. Even with most writers of military history, war’s essence is shrouded by argot designed for denial of its meaning for individuals. Patriotism, courage and cowardice are complex matters.

    There is a critically-acclaimed book on the subject, said to be definitive, and somehow I missed it until now, John Keegan’s The Face of Battle. I’m only 10% into it, but it is already confirming my own thoughts about it. It is not the common view and parsing the matter is a fascinating, albeit uncomfortable, process.

    1. The horrors of war are too easily and quickly forgotten. That’s one reason I find these images so powerful. It’s difficult to picture how many deaths there were on D-Day; it’s difficult to forget these images.

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