Today is the 63rd anniversary of D-Day, which commemorates the Battle of Normandy during World War II. This was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and it resulted in the Allies forming a beachhead in Northern Europe through which they could further assault the German forces on land.
I remember picking up the video game Medal of Honor: Frontline for my Nintendo GameCube a couple of years ago. It’s a WWII first-person shooter game where the first level had you storming the beaches of Normandy. The presentation of the battle — deafening explosions, people dying around you, bullets flying everywhere, your commander shouting sometimes inaudible orders — was so overwhelming that I was moved to tears.
I can’t imagine what it must have really felt like to be on one of those landing boats when the ramp dropped and the machine gun fire started pouring in.