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Glorious ‘D-Day’ Commemorative Painting, By ‘Dick Bobnick’, For Sale Starting At $22.

by Anura Guruge


Remember. Reflect. Rejoice!


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This is a magnificent piece of art in it own right, even if you put aside the subject matter. The portraits of the five Allied Commanders are special; portraits Dick Bobnick’s forte.

You really must check this painting out. The detail is incredible.


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Pictorial Guide To ‘D-Day 75’ Commemorative Events On Both Sides Of The Channel By The U.K. “Daily Mail”.

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Nice, easy to follow guide. Just note that the times are LOCAL. So, 5-6 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern.

Remember ‘D-Day 75‘ is June 6, 2019, not June 5. Huge day. You have to pause and give it some thought. Remember. Reflect. Rejoice!


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Ahead Of ‘D-Day 75’ Check Out The Wealth Of ‘D-Day’ Tributes & Memorabilia On THIS Blog.

by Anura Guruge


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This are at least 16 (yes, sixteen) D-Day specific posts on this blog, not counting all those on ‘Churchill‘ and the ‘RAF‘. So, please check them out. They all contain painstakingly researched images or videos. You will be amply rewarded.

I am a great admirer of D-Day.

I always pause to reflect on this day, June 6, 1944 — 9-years ahead of my birth.

D-Day, of course, changed the course of history — of course, for the better.

Yes, this being the 75th anniversary we will, quite rightly, see lots of gusto, pomp and ceremony. I wish we would celebrate it with similar vigor each and every year.

I was in London for the 50th anniversary. That was quite an occasion.

If NOT for the Allied heroics of this day we will NOT be speaking English.


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Winston Churchill & Franklin D. Roosevelt Met In Quebec This Day 73-Years Ago To Discuss Post-WW II Plans.

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 Compelling YouTube video from 1944


This was the second time dear Churchill and FDR had met in Quebec (Canada) — just 11-months apart.

This September 1944 meeting was just 98-days after D-Day but Churchill knew that victory was ‘THEIRS’ — though it would be another 238-days BEFORE VE-Day. Nonetheless, Churchill and FDR discussed how and who would control areas of defeated Germany. But, who was MISSING. Uncle Joe (Joseph Stalin)!

From what I can piece together Churchill took the RMS Queen Mary to Canada — sailing a very southern route to avoid lurking German U-boats.


It was also his 36th wedding anniversary to Clementine.


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Today Is Cricket Captain Legendary, Clive Lloyd’s Birthday — He Having Been Born On August 31, 1944.

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I was there in 1979 at Lord’s — in that crowd.

I was among the first wave of those that hit the field.

That is, of course, Clive holding the cup
with my buddies Gordon and Viv in the foreground.


To say that he was one of my idols in the 1970s and early 1980s would be quite the understatement.

In my eyes Clive could do little wrong. Those were THE GLORY days of West Indies cricket and I was so lucky to see a fair bit of it live.

Clive was a gentleman. Polished and dignified. I think he was one of the greatest cricket captains ever though he was blessed to have exceptional talent in his teams.

Happy birthday Clive. You will always be a GREAT.


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Paris, ‘City Of Lights’, Was Liberated From The Germans, During WW II, This Day 73-Years Ago! Hurrah! Hurrah!

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Yes, yes, yes. The glorious Liberation of Paris in 1944. Paris is dear to me and I knew it well. I lived in Paris for a year, 1968 – 1969, and my adoptive parents lived there again from 1978 to 1992.

Yes, it was spearheaded by U.S. General George Patton’s famed US Third Army. The ‘battle for Paris’ started on August 19, 1944. By the 24th of August there were other divisions including a French division made up mainly of Spanish exiles. The final surrender happened on August 25.

Have YOU read ‘Is Paris Burning?‘ That title comes from a question Hitler asked his commanding officer in Paris as the Germans were ingloriously withdrawing from the city. Hitler had ordered that Paris should be annihilated prior to the German departure. The Germans, to their credit, did not have the heart to do that!

This book, ‘Is Paris Burning?‘, was my adoptive father’s favorite book — which says something since he was a formidable author. He gave away copies of the book to anyone he liked — and he had a penchant for liking most people. So he was in constant need for large supplies of this book. During the time he lived in Paris one of my duties was to keep him supplied with copies of this book from the U.K. You really should read it.

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Royal Baby, George Alexander Louis. I Had A Hunch About ‘Louis’. I Am Delighted. Another Of My Heroes.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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From my all time favorite newspaper, the one and only, the great, U.K. Daily Mail. Click to access Daily Mail original.

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I had an inkling that ‘Louis’ was going to be in there in some way.

I like the whole name, but am very gratified by the ‘Louis’ part. Yes, most Americans don’t know him though he was, of course, Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command (1943-1946).

One of my heroes, alongside the likes of Churchill, Mandela, Tutu, Montgomery et. al.

Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten,
1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma,
KG GCB OM GCSI GCIE GCVO DSO PC FRS


I never met him though we both lived in the same state, Hampshire, prior to his tragic assassination by the cowardly, dastardly IRA.

There is a Ceylon connection. He moved the South East Asia Command headquarters to Ceylon (Kandy) in August 1944. 

He used to stay at this hotel, Mount Lavinia, just south of Colombo, on the coast.

He used to stay at this hotel, Mount Lavinia, just south of Colombo, on the coast.

Obviously, if you know your history, he was the Viceroy and Governor General of India during the period of Independence. He is the one who created Pakistan. Yes, it is also true (and I have never been able to reconcile this) that it was during this time that my other hero (and dinner guest at our house), Jawaharlal Nehru, was having a very open affair with his wife.

The Mountbattens with Gandhi, 1947.

The absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, Mountbatten Estate, in Romsey, Hampshire — just 4 miles from Hursley (where I worked for IBM). One of my favorite destinations.