Several years ago I came across this form of camouflage... and what a concealment it made.
His favorite song soon became her's and as the years went by she really began to understand and have incredible passion for the story they gave about those serving in harm's way.
Her following of country music, learning this and many other songs soon had her on stage performing them. Awards for her singing talent and story telling then led to a performance at the White House. All while still soldiering.
Over the last few years I have often referred to Sgt. Ball's wonderful song. Each time I have asked you to take a couple of minutes and listen to its powerful words. For those missing this notice, she can be heard at:
You can also just google her name and the title of the song, and there is also a fabulous video that you can view at...
Her title song, used also for this blog have been oft noted here in the past. All tell stories of so many heroes showing incredible bravery and of so many who gave their all for family and country.
Moving along, the past several blogs have briefly noted the horrendous costs a joint force of Canadians, Americans, British and others would join in the attack. One that also came from the air and sea to capture the town of Dieppe France and its harbour beachfront on August 19, 1942.
If there ever was a story behind the song, this battle ought to have been it.
The 80th anniversary of that tragedy, was celebrated at several Canadian centers, in France and probably elsewhere. just a few days ago. These told of the horrid details of the nine hour battle that saw 6000 troops, 5000 being Canadian, being almost completely slaughtered. The battle became known as the worst battle in cost of lives than any other one day battle throughout WWll.
Much more on the battle will appear in this space in the future. But that said, here is an image of the troops about to land on the beachfront.
Rather than move out of target areas the tank treads got caught up in the massive field of loose rock bedding, and thus unable to move out of the target sites. Thus, they became sitting ducks for the German heavy cannons.
Note the cliff face in upper left of image.
In my next blog I will bring you some very interesting details about the Dieppe memorial ceremonies in France and at Hamilton Ontario.
I expect that blog will be done on Sunday September 4th.
Blogs of late have been sporadic as my research is taking me down many roads and thus VERY time consuming. Add to this other matters in my life are also eating up time that I wished was more available for meeting these deadlines.
Hopefully your level of frustration is somewhat lower than my own regarding these publishing dates.
Cheers till the 4th,