Normandy beach landing scene in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan cost $12Million alone, employed use of over 1,500 extras and has been rated ‘the best battle scene of all time’ by Empire magazine. source
This past weekend British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civillians, Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.
This is out at the cliffs above Omaha Beach in Normandy. From what I understand, the Army Rangers that scaled the wall (in the last photo) were the first special ops out of the US military, trained by the special ops in the British military.
The large concrete structures in the photos (photos 3-5 and 8) were the German bunkers that the nazis had their men in. They were all along the beach, and apparently multiple houses were built on top of others. Photos 6 & 9 are the structures that they built to fire guns from, though 9 might be a scout lookout. I’m having trouble remembering.
Photo 1 is an old gun and photo 2 is a crater left from a bombing. The landscape is covered in them, and was previously flat farm land. The farmers chose not to come back due to the possibility of finding bombs that hadn’t exploded. They’re still finding multiple bombs a year.
Bravery is broadly defined. This is what bravery is to me, I would’ve loved to served with those men right there with them running up the normandy beach. I will always be in their debt, I wish I could serve my country. Death Is inevitable but it was for a worthy cause.