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June 6th 1944 a day to remember

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by Jim, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. Jim

    Jim Active Member

    Sep 1, 2006
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    A poem I wrote IN 2004 for the 60th Anniversary of WWII

    It's more than sixty years since that great campaign
    Out in the desert of El Alamien.
    Montgomery Vs Rommel a battle of the wits
    The 8th army fought hard to gain a victory for the Brits
    Tanks against tanks unleashing their fire
    Men distinguished only by there attire
    They fought with pride a will to survive
    The day of reckoning was soon to arrive
    Monty 's men went forward on the attack
    Rommel's men were prepared ready to fight back
    Cannon and tank fire could be heard all around
    As the soldiers lay dead upon sandy ground
    The battle was over and victory was clear
    Thanks to the 8th army who fought without fear
    Monty's duty in Africa was over and done
    Home he was sent after the battle was won
    Part of a team preparing the next stage
    The plan to invade France was all of a rage
    Dwight Eisenhower was at the head of this band
    Planning on where the allied forces should land
    Normandy was chosen for where it would be
    The invasion began by crossing the sea
    The largest invasion force seen by ones eye's
    Viva la France were the welcoming cries
    The fighting was ghastly as our brave soldiers died
    Many Shot from the cliff tops by snipers who spied
    After the heroics of many hours of fighting on sand
    The war now progressed to hostilities inland
    Soldiers fought bravely in these foreign fields
    No sign as of yet that Germany yields
    So on went the fighting waiting for the Germans request
    To state the war is over that they have given there best
    Then came the announcement that Hitler was departed
    The Allies had ended what the Germans had started
    The killing was over, back to peace on this globe
    Our hero's could return to their welcoming abode
    60 years later I will be crossing the same sea
    Visiting France for whom these soldiers made free
    My task is of homage this is what I can tender
    June 6th 1944 a day to remember.
  2. Kelly War44

    Kelly War44 New Member

    Sep 24, 2006
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    Erm.....WOW. That is wonderful. :D
  3. Dave War44

    Dave War44 Member

    Sep 3, 2006
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    Aye, heartfelt, for sure.
  4. Jim

    Jim Active Member

    Sep 1, 2006
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    WW2 Poem

    I wrote this in 2004 ..

    I was afraid as we sailed to the unknown
    A lad of eighteen and barely grown
    We didn’t sleep much sailing to the beach
    Our thoughts was of those you could not teach
    I looked around me, at each mans face
    I looked for a smile there wasn’t a trace
    Each to his own before we touched land
    Fate of our lives in another man’s hand
    The landings would bring fighting with fellowmen
    No rules of engagement just us against them
    Shells overhead began to appear
    Fired from ships anchored to our rear
    Daylight had broke and the cliffs were in sight
    Afraid as I was I still had to fight
    I waded in water up to my waist
    Gunfire and mortars I dodged with great haste
    The fear had now left me as I ran for cover
    The thoughts that I had were that of my mother
    Safe with my family home in 'Old Blighty'
    Each minute I thanked and prayed to the all mighty
    Bullets from snipers that we couldn’t trace
    Machinegun fire heard and fired at great pace
    Running for cover behind the sand banks
    The beaches were filling with soldiers and tanks
    Move out, move out was all I could hear
    Shouted by sergeants who seemed to have no fear
    Closer to land now and the Germans were retreating
    No time to slacken as the battle was heating
    The years have long gone now and it all seems a trance
    I still have the nightmares of those days fighting in France
  5. Otto

    Otto Spambot Nemesis Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

    Jan 1, 2000
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    Moved this imported post here from another section. It seemed fitting that Jim's poem remained pinned.
    Half Track and JJWilson like this.

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