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Dave's Desk  

Previous Blogs

Issue #1 Black Allgemeine SS out of the Woodwork

Issue #2 General Update & Rambling On

Issue #3 Sometimes I have to keep 'em

Issue #4 History, that's what is all about!

Issue #5 Wow, What a Year!

Issue #6 Pre-Show of Shows

Issue #7 Show of Shows

Issue #8 Determining Authenticity

Issue #9 Slow Market???

Issue #10 Changes at WW2GermanHelmets.com 

Issue #11 Let's talk about a helmet!!!

Issue #12 2011 German Helmets Calendar

Issue #13 Ringing in the New Year

Issue #14 Prep for the SOS

Issue #15 SOS Recap & More!!!

Issue #16 USB Microscope & Born 40 years too late!!!

 


Issue #17 June 6th, 1944 

Good day friends.   As we approach the eve of the 67th Anniversary of D-Day, I cannot help but wonder what was going through the minds of the Allied soldiers as they prepared for the largest Invasion armada in history.   For most I feel that they were wrestling with fear and self doubt.  When I try to imagine what they were thinking and feeling, it's almost overwhelming.   For many on the eve of D-Day, they witnessed their last sunset.   And I believe most of the soldiers in final preparation, knew that it may be their last sunset.   As a student of history, I have read a number of books focused on the Normandy campaign, as well have watched any and every movie I can find about the subject.    This morning I was thinking about my meeting with Capt. Howard Aleff back in September of 2009.   If you have read the blog Issue #5 History, that's what is all about! you will understand.   The conversation with Capt. (Dr) Aleff gave me a real perspective of the fear and daunting task that the soldiers faced.   At times when we were talking, Dr. Aleff would breakdown.   Even after 65+ years, emotions came pouring back.   Dr. Aleff's family sent me a photograph late last year around the time that Dr. Aleff passed away.    This is copy of an actual color photo made as they were embarking from the port on their way to France.   The guys seem relaxed and are smiling.   But inside, I guarantee that each and every man had a pit in their stomach.   

 

   

 

I can't help but wonder how many of these fellows survived June 6th.   The group in the photo are members of the 619th Quartermasters.   The 619th were attached to the 29th Infantry Division.   They were on their way to Omaha Beach and the fellows in that photo were among some of the first to hit the beach.    The experienced a literal Hell when they hit the beach on the morning of June 6.   Let us not forget the sacrifice that was paid in blood on the beaches and in the hedgerows of Normandy.   Many American and Allied soldiers died before they even hit the sand.   Soldiers dumped out in deep of water drowned, DD tank crews were swamped and drowned and didn't stand a chance.   Paratroopers were shot while falling from the sky, and many drowned in the flooded areas around Normandy.  Glider paratroopers died during landings in the hedgerows.   Navy landing craft drivers were killed by mines and machine gun fire.   Pilots of C-47s were killed along with the paratroopers with them.   Many soldiers died trying to get off the beaches and to the sea wall.   June 6th 1944 was a day that should always be remembered and honored.   Tomorrow on June 6th, 2011, I doubt that we will hear about the anniversary in the mainstream media.   We live in a World where we waste a lot of time and energy worried about things that are trivial.   I think my life is less stressful because when I put my small problems up against what our Veterans went through, it absolutely pales in comparison.   On June 6th, take time to think about the soldiers, airman, & sailors that gave all in the name of Freedom.  God bless the Veterans and their families, and thank you for what you did!

Solemnly yours, 

Dave 


 

     

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Payment Methods and Shipping   

Cash, Check, Money Order, PayPal, Visa/MasterCard, and Bank Transfer are all accepted.   I also am pleased to accept layaways.   Simply pay 1/2 down, then pay the remaining balance within 30 days.  Once the balance is paid, I will ship your item promptly. 



There will be a 4.0% fee for PayPal purchases. For PayPal, simply provide me with your e-mail address and the item(s) you want and I will forward you a PayPal invoice.   MasterCard/Visa purchases include a 3.5% processing fee for US and international orders.

SHIPPING 

Items will be shipped after the check clears for items paid with personal checks. 

Shipping will be handled on a quote basis.  Generally we use UPS for domestic as the tracking is superior and the service very reliable.  We can  offer FedEx & USPS shipping as well.   

International shipping is also on a quote by quote basis.  I will ship to any country that shipping is available.   Be advised that if you are in a banned country, the risk for customs seizure is yours.  For International shipments I recommend using USPS Express International Mail as it can be tracked.  EMS is more expensive, however less services with the US Postal Service put you at risk for loss as the tracking capabilities are limited.  For the safest and best tracking as well as the fastest transit time, I recommend United Parcel Service, International Door to Door Service.  For shipments with low value declared without proper insurance, WW2GermanHelmets.com cannot accept liability for loss or damage.    

 

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128 Silver Pine Drive  

Hendersonville NC 28739

USA  

Email:  GermanHelmets@morrisbb.net

Phone:  828-335-1944

 


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