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Today, June 6th, is the 68th anniversary of D-Day or the Invasion of Normandy, France or Operation Overlord. This invasion and battle was the beginning of the end of Hitler and the Third Reich. The military goal was to first get a foothold in France and allow the Allied Forces to overtake German forces and liberate Europe.

It was a massive undertaking.

The first obstacle was just getting across the 100 mile English Channel; a feat which evaded both Napoleon and the Spanish Armada.

Forces from around the world participated: Britain, United States, France, Canada, Australia, Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Norway, and the Netherlands.

From the air.

Because of all the movies most of us think D-Day was an amphibious invasion only. However, it was also an air invasion.

From Wikipedia and findingDulcinea:

The Normandy invasion began with overnight parachute and glider landings, massive air attacks and naval bombardments.

13,000 aircraft carried 160,000 troops to Normandy.

By sea.

Other allied soldiers disembarked from 3,000 amphibious crafts the early the next morning.

Total number of troops landed during the first days: 

FDR Library Public Domain Photo

By the end of June 6th:

130,000 – 156,000 troops

By the end of June 11th:

 326,547 troops

 54,186 vehicles

104,428 tons of supplies.

By June 30th

Over 850,000 men

148,000 vehicles

570,000 tons of supplies

By July 4th:

One million men had been landed.

The Mulberrys

By June 9th two harbors had been built in the sea.

To get vehicles, tanks, and other supplies to the troops on the ground two temporary, artificial, and prefabricated harbors

Picture from Wikipedia

were constructed. The harbors, known as Mulberrys, were built in Britain and then taken across the channel and assembled off the coast of Normandy. These harbors were essentially 10 miles of floating roadways. They were created out of 60,000 tons of concrete.

These harbors were constructed to last only 3 months.

The harbor built at Omaha  Beachwas destroyed in a storm.

The one built at Arromanches, known as Port Winston, was used heavily for 8 months and lightly thereafter. The remains are still visible today from the beaches at Arromanches.

Again from Wikipedia:

In total Port Winston landed:

2.5 million men

500,000 vehicles

4 millions tons of supplies

The Price

Again from Wikipedia:

Public Domain Photo

By nightfall on June 6, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded, but more than 100,000 had made it ashore and secured French coastal villages.

There is no official casualty figure for D-Day.

It is estimated that more than 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded, or went missing during the battle. That figure includes more than 209,000 Allied casualties.

In addition to roughly 200,000 German troops killed or wounded, the Allies also captured 200,000 soldiers. Captured Germans were sent to American prisoner-of-war camps at the rate of 30,000 per month, from D-Day until Christmas 1944.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 French civilians were killed during the battle.

What Leadership Is All About

When something goes wrong a poor leader blames someone else; on the other hand a good leader takes all the blame.

While D Day was an Allied Forces plan, the Allied leadership was led by Supreme Allied Commander, American Dwight D. Eisenhauer. He gave the order very early that morning to proceed.

Later that morning  Eisenhauer gave a hand written note to an aide and told him to release it to the press if the landing was a failure.

  Picture From the National Archives: Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

“Our landings have failed and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

 

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Featured Recipe           Peas a l’ Orange

This is an easy yet elegant side dish. It elevates peas to a side dish fit for royalty. I always like this dish for Thanksgiving. It pairs really well with turkey or Cornish hens.

And best of all it is super quick and easy. It can be made right before serving dinner as it takes only about 10 minutes to make.

This recipe often has children asking for second helpings. So you know how good it is if children like it.

This recipe comes from Barbara Swain’s HP Books Cookery for 1 or 2. I doubled the recipe so it will serve four people.

I also made a few little changes. I double the amount of butter and I add a generous squirt of orange juice to the peas too. I also add more orange zest to the finished dish for garnish.

The recipe did not say, but I always use baby or petite peas.

And coming in at only $0.49 cents per person  Peas a l’ Orange is a Recession Buster Recipe©

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1  12-16 ounce package frozen baby or petite peas

4 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon chicken granules

1 teaspoon fresh grated orange peel

¼ – ½ teaspoon tarragon

Pinch or two of sugar

Salt to taste

Here is what you do.

Cook or steam the peas according to package directions. Most packages of vegetables these days give directions how to cook on stove top, steamed, or microwaved. As usual, I steamed the peas in the microwave.

When the peas are cooked to your taste drain and add salt if using any.

While the peas are cooking zest the orange to get about 1 teaspoon or there abouts. I eyeball it. I do not measure. I zested way more than the recipe calls for. I like orange flavoring.

Then combine remaining ingredients, except the salt, in a saucepan over very low heat.

Mix and warm over low heat. Be sure to mix well so that all of the chicken granules are dissolved.

Stir in the drained peas. If using salt add it here.

Cover and keep warm over very low heat 2 minutes to blend flavors.

Place peas in a serving bowl.  Squeeze about 1 tablespoon of orange juice into the peas and mix well. Add more orange zest to the peas by zesting the orange right over the peas.

Isn’t that pretty? It is ten times more delicious than pretty. And wasn’t that quick and easy too? 

Bon appétit!!! 

Cost

1 package frozen peas          $1.29

4 tablespoons butter             $0.32

1 tspn chicken granules        $0.18

1 tspn grated orange peel*   $0.09

¼ – ½ teaspoon tarragon    $0.06

Pinch of sugar                     $0.01

Salt to taste

*NOTE: The entire orange cost me $0.69. I used a little of the juice, most of the peel but still had enough left over that I had a good 6 ounce glass of fresh orange juice for breakfast the next day. This is a best guesstimate of the cost of the peel.

Total cost = $1.95
Cost per serving = $0.49

Quote of the Day

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.

Nelson Mandela
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1 comment to What Is a Good Leader?

  • What an interesting post. It’s good for us all to remember the value of good leaders and to support them for the good of everyone.

    These peas look amazing. I can’t wait to try them.