We often hear that one leftist hobby horse or another is the “moral equivalent of war.” Just this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared that combating climate change is a “bigger challenge than World War II.” These are the kind of clueless pronouncements that are often made by people who have zero experience or understanding of what it took to fight World War II.
At this link, Stephen Green takes a fascinating look at the seemingly impossible logistics of pulling off the D-Day Invasion, and keeping it a secret (today, it would be blared all over social media, giving the Germans plenty of advance warning.)
As Green notes, just to prepare for D-Day required the equivalent of secretly moving every resident of a medium-sized city – along with all the food, beverages, fuel, vehicles and weapons needed for days of battle – anywhere from 30 to 125 miles in a few hours, by air and heavy seas in foul weather, under enemy fire. And that was just to get them to the point where the battle would start.
That’s only the beginning of Green’s account of the overwhelming logistics nightmare that was necessary to overcome to launch the D-Day invasion, liberate Europe from the Nazis and stop Russia from taking over from the east. Read it and think about it the next time someone claims that one liberal program or another is the “moral equivalent of World War II.”
When you ponder the sheer enormity of the D-Day operation, it’s easy to lose sight of the individuals. This is a must-read article that brings home what it was like from the standpoints of two soldiers. Both willingly made great sacrifices to save the world from totalitarian evil. One hero made it home; the other did not.