Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The Night of Nights

This brings tears to my eyes every time I read it, but especially so tonight, knowing that 69 years ago, young men of my dad's generation were reading it and wondering what the following day would bring for them - if anything.

It is the message from Colonel Sink to the men of the 101st Airborne Division, who were about to embark from airfields embedded amongst the quiet villages of South East of England to be dropped in Normandy ahead of the Allied invasion which would save the world from darkness.

Was it in vain?



Soldiers of the regiment: June 5, 1944 - D-DAY

Today, and as you read this, you are en route to that great adventure for which you have trained for over two years.

Tonight is the night of nights.

Tomorrow throughout the whole of our homeland and the Allied world the bells will ring out the tidings that you have arrived, and the invasion for liberation has begun.

The hopes and prayers of your dear ones accompany you, the confidence of your high commanders goes with you. The fears of the Germans are about to become a reality.

Let us strike hard. When the going is tough, let us go harder. Imbued with faith in the rightness of our cause, and the power of our might, let us annihilate the enemy where found.

May God be with each of you fine soldiers. By your actions let us justify His faith in us.

Colonel Robert Sink Regimental Commander, 506th P.I.R, 101st Airborne Division

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  1. No, it wasn't in vain. The Britain that survived because of their sacrifice - honest, decent, ordinary, good natured, with free speech and freedom of conscience, based on good principles, struggling with not just giving in to our basest desires (not just sexual) - did disappear for a moment or two when our houses of parliament voted in favour of the Newspeak 'Equal Marriage.'But bad laws will ultimately be seen to be just that. Human pride has always resulted in a fall. Evil sometimes appears to win a battle or two - particularly when God simply lets humanity's own passions destroy it. But evil never wins the war. So, once more, into the breach dear friends....