DIRTY, DARK SECRETS OF D-DAY FRANCE by Jeff J Brown for China Rising

I’m sure not going to make any friends among the French side of my family, by writing this post. They have roots in Normandy and have been coming to Arromanches les Bains for summer vacations for four generations. This is the small village where Allied troops arrived on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with their celebrated floating port, that was shipped over from England and built on site, to bring in all the materiel needed for the invasion. The family house we are staying in was billeted as the Allied post office and we can see the landing beach from it. On the paternal side, the other house here was taken over as a military command, since it looks right out over the water, where the port was built. Needless to say, my attachment to D-Day is above average.

The landing was a daring, brilliant operation, getting high marks as a feat of engineering, while thousands of US, British and Canadian soldiers died during the invasion. Arromanches just celebrated the 75th anniversary of the landing, with US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May joining French President Emmanuel Macron, just 100 meters from where I am writing this article.

So far, so good. But, Russian President Vladimir Putin was snubbed, as was Chinese President Xi Jinping. Russia always invites Western leaders to attend Victory Day in Moscow, every May 9th and since 2015, when V-Day in China is honored on September 3rd (http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2015/09/04/from-may-9th-in-moscow-to-september-3rd-in-beijing-the-anti-west-order-comes-full-circle-moscow-beijing-express-on-the-saker-44-days-radio-sinoland/). Western leaders continue to refuse to participate in these events, which is a sad statement, indeed, about the arrogance and racism of empire. To do so would be to admit the truth: Allied forces did not liberate Europe and Asia from global fascism. The Soviet Union (Russia) and China did.

Yes, thousands of Allied soldiers died during World War II and with them, a total of 966,000 people were lost among the Five Eyes allied countries: the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (https://www.nationalww2museum.org/students-teachers/student-resources/research-starters/research-starters-worldwide-deaths-world-war). At the same time, Russia and China each lost no fewer than 25,000,000 citizens, a total of 50 million, with credible research showing they each lost closer to 35 million compatriots, or 70 million total. Even at the lower figure, Russia and China lost 50 times more people than the allied countries together. Put another way, the Allies lost 2% as many people as Russia and China combined.

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Jeff Brown

Jeff grew up in the heartland of the United States, Oklahoma, much of it on a family farm, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He went to Brazil while in graduate school at Purdue University, to seek his fortune, which whet his appetite for traveling the globe. This helped inspire him to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia in 1980 and he lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, China and Europe for the next 21 years. All the while, he mastered Portuguese, Arabic, French and Mandarin, while traveling to over 85 countries. He then returned to America for nine years, whereupon he moved back to China in 2010. He lives in China with his wife, where he teaches passionately in an international school. Jeff is a dual national French-American.