D-Day in Perspective: What if the Allied Invasion of Normandy Failed?

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On June 6, 1944 the Western Allies launched Operation Overlord – better known as D-Day – an amphibious invasion of northern France that was a dramatic and unprecedented gamble for the future of Western Europe. It’s success ensured the defeat of Nazism by creating a western Second Front in Europe opposite the Soviet Union’s Red Army in the east. Their presence also guaranteed that Soviet influence would not extend beyond their furthest reach in the occupied eastern portion of Central Europe.

Today, D-Day is rightly remembered as a day of heroes with forces from every Allied nation assaulting the heavily defended beaches of Normandy. Through its mythologized retelling, countless consider the landing’s success a historical inevitability. However, that belief could not be further from the truth. Overlord’s architects who planned and executed the offensive understood that their efforts may have instead been mourned as one of the greatest disasters in military history. Yet with profound conviction Allied leaders accepted the risk because success might ensure the freedom of humanity from one of the greatest evils it had ever faced. On the other hand had it failed, world history would have become unrecognizable compared to our own.

To appreciate the sacrifice of those who boldly attacked the Atlantic Wall 73 years ago today, one must consider the world they risked their life to avoid. As we take a moment today to honor their sacrifice, let’s consider what that other course of history may have entailed. This piece postulates what turns the war may have taken if Germany had succeeded in repelling the Normandy attack, squashing the Allied invasion, and leaving the Second Front stillborn.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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10 Things Star Trek Discovery Must Do To Avoid Epic Failure

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As a Star Trek fan, I too have heard the reports of ongoing friction and difficulty in producing the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. There is a great deal on the line for the franchise with their return to television after 13 years, and expectations are not high based on the stories coming out of the Trek camp. Before the fans prematurely throw Discovery to the popular culture abattoir, let’s think about how they might get it right. Here are ten helpful suggestions – directives, as it were – to ensure that the show avoids screwing the pooch.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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V-E Day in Perspective: How Different Originally Were Each of the Allies Own Plans to Defeat Hitler?

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Today May 8th, 2017 is the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. The very day the guns fell silent in Europe, and the world rejoiced in the defeat of Nazism. Yet in the popular narrative of the Second World War, the cooperation between the Allies is taken for granted. The reality of the Alliance full of growing pains and family squabbles as they learned to fight as an effective coalition is often glossed over in favor of representing a monolithic force of Allied “good” verses Hitler/Axis “evil”. Though a commendable aim, the process of how such varied and diametrically different global powers as the United Kingdom, United States, and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics could compromise to create a plan to liberate Europe is more laudable still.

So, how did these three very different Allies envision total victory, and how did they make the most successful military alliance in history work?

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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Indian Court Rules Ganges River A Living Person – A Useful Tactic Against Pollution?

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Uttarakhand, India On March, 20th, an Indian court in the state of Uttarakhand issued a historic ruling that the Ganges River was a living person, possessing all the rights and protections afforded any individual. This ruling was a creative judicial attempt to protect the famous river, which despite its iconic place in Indian culture’s is believed to be the fifth most polluted on Earth. The possible implications of this ruling are still unknown, and leaves much to be determined.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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