Surviving D-Day – From MG-42s to Chow

I was blessed to have never been in a firefight while in the Corps (although I did have the oxymoronic itch to be in one), and now having seen this documentary, happy to have not been in one (and simultaneously disappointed). History Channel put together a fantastic documentary looking at the little things that would have affected one’s chance of survival on D-Day.

Rather than focus on tactics, History looks into the myriad of small things that made a big difference that we do not normally think of.

Warning- Its a fascinating watch. NSFW based on gunshots and violence.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Zebra Dun

    An Uncle of mine landed at D-Day Omaha, he never spoke of it, when asked he would simply shake his head.
    Another was landed there three days after the battle and he described a Horror show.
    It was all a matter of luck, whether you landed in one place or another.
    One Regt disappeared entirely as a fighting unit while another hit the part of the beach that received no German fire at all.

    • barracuda

      Watch “Hellstorm” to see the truth.

      • Zebra Dun

        I’d say the NAZI war machine and the German people got just what they deserved, and were paid back in full for all their atrocities.
        Adolf Hitler, The German people started World War two and fifty million people died, millions more maimed and missing, nations destroyed.
        The NAZI’s declared war on the United States not the other way around.
        The massacre’s all across Europe and Africa included the Katyn forest, The Holocaust as well as the assault on Russia.
        I have no pity on those who were treated as they treated the rest of the non German world.
        The German is lucky we did not atom bomb them back into the stone age and let the Russian’s enslave them.
        Pay back is a motherf&cker and they got what they dished out.

        • schizuki

          Agree, but I have to point out that the Katyn massacre was committed by the Russians. Who, let us not forget, partnered with the Nazis in the invasion of Poland.

          • mikee

            Correct, Stalin was no better than Hitler. Stalin was comitting mass murder by the millions on his own people long before the outbreak of WWII. It was a toss up who would commence WWII first. Napolean in the previous century was also responsible for similar behaviour. European history is strewn with these events going back centuries. Lets not forget the Balkan wars in the late 20th century either.

          • Zebra Dun

            Aye my mistake yet had the German not signed that pact the Russians would not have been there to do the deed.
            Thanks for the correction Buddy!

        • iksnilol

          Would love to see you as president… Would get my moneys worth out of that fallout shelter.

  • barracuda

    History Channel? More like the #ew Revisionist History Cannel. Europe is now living with the reprucussions of the Bosheviks basically having Europe turned over to them by Roosevelt after WWII

    • Zebra Dun

      My Uncle Johnny was shot by a German MG in the Bocage, he hated them even to the day he died, he said they were good soldiers but they were heartless bass turds, they killed them rather than take their surrender.
      They got what was coming to them.
      They are lucky the Allies did not need them to fight the cold war or German would be an obsolete term for an exterminated people.

  • LG

    All of this can be laid at the feet of the 1918 armistace. Marshal Foche stated that the armistace would only last for two decades before the fighting commenced once again.

    • iksnilol

      Well, the treaty of Versailles did f*** over Germany which put into motion the events which started WW2.

      So, no surprise there.

  • iksnilol

    Sadly I understand what you mean.

  • smartacus

    tired, seasick, bailing water with their helmets, bailing other men’s large breakfasts with their helmets, amphibious tanks designed by the ACME dribble glass company, landing on a fortified beach after Rommel sniffed out the ruse, MG-42 welcoming committee playing loud music in the men’s honor,naval big guns ordered to hold off for the first couple of hours, bomber support not helping at all except to ring the doorbell inland, waterlogged grappling hooks successfully boosting vulnerability, parachute latches designed for Harry Houdini… yet Hillary Clinton said the women at home were the “primary victims of war”

    • Kjk

      Rommel didn’t really sniff out the ruse. He wasn’t even there

      • smartacus

        Rommel really did sniff out the ruse. Go back to the video starting at the 33minute 15second mark till the 37 minute mark.