Sunday, June 5, 2011

The 2011 Calendar- June

The average age for most U.S. soldiers during the Second World War was somewhere in their mid-twenties. During the Invasion of Normandy the average age was 23, but we all know that while conscription began at 18 many young men caught up in patriotism lied about their age and signed up earlier than that.

On this day, the day before the 67th anniversary of D-Day, the largest invasion by sea in the history of mankind and an event that forever changed the face of history, I chose to show this page from the calendar for the month of June. Five young men stand before a jeep looking awfully young and fresh faced. The seller could not provide any info for the photo and yes, they do look incredibly young, but could it be authentic rather than possibly staged? To be honest I’m not sure, but I don’t think that it is truly out of the range of possibility that they could be very young looking recruits.

So, take a moment tomorrow and not forget the sacrifices of the many young men who took part in the invasion of Europe that forever changed the course of history.

And please remember that you can still order the calendar for 2011 which is filled with many photos that have never been seen before of the jeeps and the men and women who used them to help better the world.

You can click here to view the entire calendar.

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