War and History Poetry posted June 5, 2011

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Describes the invasion of Europe on DDay


by pickthorn

Normandy by Gary Lemon

A million men wait anxiously
Knowing not what our fate will be.
More and more the tensions grow,
Ike finally decides..it's time to go!

The date is June 6th, nineteen-forty-four,
A day we have long been waiting for.
A thousand ships stretch across the sea,
And have gathered here at Normandy.

The coast of France looks a little forlorn.
Germans, are unaware of the approaching storm.
Suddenly, rockets light up the dawn,
Night turns to day...and the invasion is on.

From far at sea, comes a tremendous roar,
As battleships bombard the shore.
The Fuhrer is awakened with an urgent plea,
The invasion is here... It's Normandy !

Panzers are sent, but with much delay.
The invasion was expected at Calais.
The German defenders bravely stand their ground,
Matching our assault round for round.

The situation is critical on Omaha beach,
The enemy line we have failed to breach.
The battle rages throughout the day.
Many are dying while other men pray.

The Normandy beachhead is finally secure,
too much firepower for the Huns to endure.
The battle for Normandy we had to win
to achieve final victory in Berlin.


Exactly 67 years ago the allied forces of American, English, Canadian and Australian fighting men, stormed the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from Nazi military occupation. This poem is dedicated to those gallant warriors who took part in that historic undertaking. They truly were part of the 'greatest generation.'
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