…by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor
– First published … June 11, 2020 –
We just had the 76th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the beginning of the end of WWII. The pool of living WWII veterans to participate has been dwindling, so that only the young ones at the time are still around to tell their tales.
When I went looking for video material, the low quality news reel stuff with their screeching music overlays we all have seen as kids was not inspirational anymore. We are prejudiced here at VT. We prefer to listen to those who were there.
When I stumbled across the selection below, I realized that I had never heard a German veteran tell his side of D-Day.
The America guy on the right is 94, and you can bet your booties I will be trying to look him up to interview how he took such good care of himself to look like a 75 year old guy.
He was assigned to a burial duty team, filling what would be the US cemeteries in Europe not only from the D-Day event, but for the rest of the war, working with German prisoners to bury the dead of both sides.
Needless to say, this guy has seen and smelled more death than anyone can imagine, and he did not display any PTSD symptoms that I could see.
The German guy had a great closing line, when describing his retrospective thoughts on the event. D-Day not only led to the end of the war, but to 70 years of peace in Europe, historically quite an accomplishment compared to its past.
When he is giving war tours to kids, he reminds them that it will be up to them to keep that ‘no more wars’ record, or the cycle could start again. VT feels the same way, which is why we have battled endlessly against fake wars that go on and on with really no public condemnation to stop the scam.