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Monday, June 9, 2014
June 6, 2014
Today's Photograph . . . . Beach Landing of Brave Men Protecting Freedom With Their Lives
D Day, Operation Overlord
Bible Study Verse
"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly." (NKJV)
One of the most successful military strategies is surprise. The Allies mislead the Germans into deception pointing the main invasion target as Pas-de-Calais, the narrowest distance between Britain and France. Many tactics was used to carry out the deception through masquerading:
Staged fake equipment.
George Patton's phantom army based in England, across from Pas-de-Calais.
Authenticating double agents.
Fraudulent radio transmissions.
Due to weather one day later than planned, Operation Overload was executed Thousands of paratroopers and glider troops were securing bridges and exits behind enemy lines as the sunrise appeared. The British and Canadians invaded Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches while we Americans sacrificed loved ones and family on the Utah and Omaha beaches. Successful Allied aircraft numbering 12,000 decimated bridges and roads demanding the supportive occupying Germans to navigate long unplanned detours to just join the fight. More than 4,000 precious Allied lives including 2,000 brave Americans were lost that day besides thousands wounded or MIA (Missing In Action). It took 77 days to secure invaded Normandy by 326,000 troops, 50,000 vehicles, and 100,000 tons of equipment.
Two days later The Normandy American Cemetery, the 1st World War II cemetery, was created overlooking the Omaha Beach. It preserves 9,300 priceless Americans who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. So the next time you see anyone not respecting our flag or not saying the Pledge of Allegiance you need to ask yourself, WHY? If you live in America and enjoy our costly freedom, you can respect it and it's symbols or just leave. Our freedom has given you choices; you need to respect our country and our choices.
Germany had successfully occupied northern France since May of 1940. America dragging her feet entered the theater December of 1941. The surprise Normandy invasion began the turning of the war ending in the Nazi surrender May 8, 1945 after weak-kneed bullying Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945.
Difference in fighting that war? Military officers prayed and trusted God for wisdom and discernment. Chaplains could and did pray in Jesus' name, used and carried Bibles, all our military could carry Bibles into battle and pray, and Americans were actively praying and fasting at home.
Like the D Day invasion, Operation Overload, it is wise to not let your left hand (the evil enemy) know what your right hand is doing, Satan is the author of confusion and D Day the Germans were confused, defeated, and began to reap what they had sown.
Amazing stories how Bibles carried in pockets saved lives besides encouraging and directing so many. Those are worth looking into for your personal benefit.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
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