Carnage on the beach as newby and veteran briefly shelter behind a dune.
The Scottish Word:

Bluidie.

Ah’n ahm tellin ye son nae matter hoo laithsome scunnery bluidie this is, the bastards will be runnin cyclin tours roond the landin sites in seventy five years time.

Merk my words.

If’m we live so long like.

Are ye deef?

Translation:

bluidie, bludie, bluidy: bloody.

And I am telling you son, no matter how loathsome nauseatingly bloody this is, the bastards will be running cycling tours around the landing sites in seventy five years time.

Mark my words.

If we live so long that is.

Are you listening?

ˈblɪdə

The D-day Beaches By Bike.

From one of the sites: “…A cycling tour in Normandy is always spiced up with an episode of the tumultuous history of the region. From the medieval Normandy of Richard the Lion Heart, to the landing beaches of 1945 … explore Normandy by bike…”

The Documentary The World at War.

Anyone who wants to be shocked into realising what a hellish thing war is without having to view gratuitous violence or gratuitous gore should watch The World at War – all the episodes listed here on Wikipedia. The series is also available on DVD and Blue Ray digitally restored and arranged to fit modern screens.

I watched it as a child and I learned that no actor can fake a real dead body. Especially the episode where they are bulldozing naked emaciated corpses into mass graves.

And to those history deniers – I watched those episodes before digital images and digital editing existed and when the world was essentially penniless and busy rebuilding.

All these people interviewed, the death and destruction are real.

That was not the time when anything so substantial could be faked. The episodes available now are the same as I watched years ago.

Jeremy Isaacs and David Elstein: how we made The World at War

in an interview for the Guardian, in 2013, producer Jeremy Isaacs and director David Elstein recall dealing with randy Nazis, a prickly Laurence Olivier and dodgy Soviet footage en route to making their epic chronicle of the second world war.

Jeremy Isaacs and David Elstein ‘how we made The World at War’. Read the article and watch the blue ray box set and never support those who promote wars again.

“…researchers digging through archives to find fresh film. Newsreel alone is no good because it’s already been edited and is propagandistic in tone…”.

“…One of our best researchers, Sue McConachy, had nightmares about some of the things the Nazis she interviewed told her. She was blond, blue-eyed and fluent in German – and she gained the trust of an SS commander who told her, his hand on her knee, that she was the sort of stock SS men liked to breed from. She even managed to interview Hitler’s secretary. It took a whole year of persuasion…”

“…researcher, Isobel Hinshelwood, was a persuasive, canny Scot who went drinking in the pubs of London’s East End to recruit people who remembered the Blitz…”.

“…we commissioned an archive expert to examine every piece of film we unearthed. One of the funniest moments came when he watched a rough cut of our Battle of Kursk episode. He said it didn’t look right and, sure enough, we found that, because little of the original action had been filmed, the Russians had restaged it for their archives…”.

Jeremy Isaacs and David Elstein ‘how we made The World at War’. Read the article and watch the blue ray box set and never support those who promote wars again.

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