06 June 2009


Today is the 65th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings. D-Day links of the day include:

1.) Mudville Gazette

2.) Abu Muqawama

3.) Small Wars Journal

4.) Boss Mongo

D-Day Trivia

Everyone remembers Mr. Scott from the original Star Trek. One curious fact about Scotty is that you rarely see his right hand on screen in either the movies or in the TV show. One rare instance of this is a scene in “The Trouble With Tribbles”, during which he throws a punch at a Klingon (after drinking Scotch, no less). Trekkies have looked closely and noticed that in this scene, actor James Doohan only had four fingers on his right hand.

Doohan served in the Royal Canadian Artillery, which landed on Juno Beach on 6 June, 1944. After fierce fighting against the Germans on Juno Beach, he was shot in a bout of friendly fire, receiving six bullets—four in the leg, one in the chest, and one through his right middle finger. The bullet to his chest was mercifully stopped by a cigarette case which he carried in his pocket.

Doohan was one of many WW2 veterans who praised Steven Spielberg for making the initial invasion scenes of Saving Private Ryan so realistic.

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