The 6th of June, 1944

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D-DayToday is the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day landings, as was pointed out to me by my far more educated-on-the-subject friend, Will. Take a moment to look around you and be grateful you’re not storming the beaches of Normandy right now.

It may seem strange, but playing games can be highly educational. The Days of Wonder game Memoir ’44 has taught me a lot about this particular subject, and also given me an insight into the specific struggles that happened during and after the landings. I’m also playing the XBox game Call of Duty: Finest Hour at the the moment, and it’s certainly as close as I’d ever like to get to real warfare.

Thanks to those men, most of us can never imagine what they had to go through. And we can only imagine what the world would be like if it wasn’t for their sacrifice.

(Photo from the U.S. Coast Guard/National Archives, Washington, D.C. Used without permission.)

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