Originally posted by Sikora
Try not to be so disrespectful the next time my grandfather visits Paris.
He didn't remember being hassled for his passport during WW2. In fact he didn't remember any of you frenchies being there at all to greet him when storming the beach. He's old. it took him a while to get it out of his bag.
Below is a famous reminder of what the french did while Germ ...[text shortened]... nd STFU. The big boys are on their way to save you. Probally your granddaddy in the picture.
By 1944, it is estimated that there were 100,000 members of the various resistance movements that existed in France. Just one year earlier, there were just 40,000 members.. By the spring of 1944, there were 60 intelligence cells whose task was solely to collect intelligence as opposed to carrying out acts of sabotage. In the build up to D-Day, the intelligence they gathered was vital. In May 1944 alone, they sent 3,000 written reports to the Allies and 700 wireless reports. Between April and May, the resistance destroyed 1,800 railway engines. When this figure is added to the 2,400 destroyed by Allied bombers, it is easy to understand why the Germans had such difficulty transporting equipment across France.
Your grandfather might be alive today because some French resistance fighter passed valuable information to SHAEF. Or blew up a railway engine that might have transported Nazi troops to the beachhead. They might have lost their lives doing so.
Appreciation swings both ways.