Saturday, November 10, 2018

Normandy invasion 70 years ago on June 6

Heroes from Second World War recall their experiences
Looking at current Reader's Digest edition 
By Mark Schadenberg
In history, June 6, 1944 is very significant as it's the day more than 14,000 Canadian troops were set to invade the German-occupied beach at Normandy in France in the Second World War.
D-Day was 70 years ago and many publications, historians, television networks, and news outlets are preparing tributes.
As we know, in the magazine business, deadlines are often two or three months before the items hit the newsstands and display racks at your favourite drug store.
Reader's Digest has its June 2014 issue available already. In fact, I acquired mine before the Memorial Cup hockey tournament, which is significant in that Canada's top major junior clubs vie for a trophy created in 1918 in honour both veterans and those who died in action in conflicts around the world.

Reader's Digest ( is a must read this issue as it places the spotlight on three different and unique Normandy stories. One saga is about a paratrooper named John Ross, and another about a woman (Madge Janes) whose important role is to crack codes which had been intercepted from the enemy. A third story looks back to a man who carries his injured friend hundreds of metres out of a battle line to a make-shift hospital.
The hero in this third story is Orval Gibbons (Now 90 and living in Orillia) and his patient or wounded war pal is Nelson Thibeault. The reason this particular writing grabbed my attention is that after the Second World War, this sergeant Gibbons never told the story of his heroism – not even to his wife. Years later, Gibbons and Thibeault would meet again in a town north of Sudbury, and it would be Thibeault who would recall the happenings of that day to Orval's spouse.
The 1944 Second World War era and fighting for world peace, was a time which in 2014 we have difficulty comprehending.
I attend the cenotaph every year on Nov. 11, but it doesn't seem like enough as we can not imagine the trenches, the bullets, the mud, the bombs dropping from airplanes, the explosions, the starving citizens of the area in the war path, and the death of many friends and comrades.
If you're not an avid Reader's Digest fan, be sure to at least peruse the June edition.

Other stories this month include:
  • A look back at the Montreal Expos baseball club, including Jarry Park.
  • Canadian entertainment legend, pop singer Jann Arden is climbing the charts again
  • Farm safety and a report about a farmer who almost died when buried in a corn silo.
  • An analysis of car insurance – coverage for you and the car.
  • Is there a co-relation between dreams and playing video games.
  • Medical update dealing with pre-screening for possible diseases.
  • Of course, a Father's Day tribute with three memoirs for Dads. 

    Mark Schadenberg, Sales Representative
    Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES designation)
    Royal LePage Triland Realty
    757 Dundas St, Woodstock
    (519) 537-1553, cell or text
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