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The First Allied Soldier Killed By Enemy Fire on D-Day – Lieutenant Den Brotheridge At Pegasus Bridge

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H/T War History OnLine.

A little World War II trivia.

Credit: Margaret Brotheridge/Hans Hanagarth

Lieutenant Herbert Denham “Den” Brotheridge, Commander of 25 Platoon, D Company, 2ndBattalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry holds an honored place in history marked by his death almost 20 minutes after midnight on June 6th, 1944.

Brotheridge was shot down by a German machine gunner while leading the charge of D Company on a mission vital to the D-Day landings in Normandy. He is remembered as the first Allied soldier and British officer killed in action on D-Day.

Though often fabled for his death, the story of Brotheridge’s service and that of his comrades, often called the 2nd Ox and Bucks, their mission into German Occupied France on that monumental day, is one of clever tactics and swift, courageous action.

Brotheridge was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire in 1915 and commissioned into the 2ndBattalion Ox and Bucks in 1942 under the command of Major John Howard. The Battalion was airborne light infantry and, more specifically, glider troops.

These men were trained to drop undetected into enemy territory in Airspeed Horsa gliders, a craft looking much like any transport plane of the time, but made mostly of wood and with no engine. The Horsa, which could carry around 25 soldiers and their equipment or even jeeps or light tanks, would be towed into the air by a bomber and then released to glide silently towards their target, the pilot picking a clear landing space and touching down, hopefully without obliterating the plane.

Troops inside an Airspeed Horsa Glider

This method of airdropping infantry into the battlefield had its pros and cons in comparison to paratroopers, but the British use of gliders in the Invasion of Normandy was very well coordinated, undetected before landing, and hugely successful in its vital role. It didn’t experience the terribly high number of casualties paratroopers in the early morning, lit up by searchlights and flak cannons, did.

Major Howard and his men were chosen for Operation Deadstick. Howard rode in the first of six Horsa’s, the one with his good friend Brotheridge and his platoon. The 2nd Ox and Bucks’ D Company, an attached platoon of Royal Engineers, and the trained glider pilots (totaling 180 men) were pulled into the air in their Horsa’s at 20 minutes before midnight, June 5th, 1944.

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Airspeed Horsa in tow

Once over the English Channel, the bombers towing them released their cables and sent them soaring through the night towards their target: two bridges over the Caen Canal and River Orne a few miles North East of Caen. If they failed to fulfill their objectives, British forces landing on Sword Beach would either have no exit to the East or be faced by German troops and tanks crossing en masse.

This coup-de-main, rapid surprise attack, first touched down on Normandy 16 minutes after midnight on June 6th, right outside their target. Brotheridge’s platoon’s Horsa and two others come down hard West of the Bénouville Bridge (now named Pegasus Bridge in honor the 2nd Ox and Bucks whose uniform is adorned with a Pegasus) over the Caen Canal.

As the gliders crash-landed, many men were knocked unconscious or otherwise injured. One Horsa snapped in half, sending the knocked-out Lance-Corporal Fred Greenhalgh flying into a pond where he drowned (perhaps the first lost hero of D-Day, but not killed by enemy fire).

 

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The crashed Horsas of the three 2nd Ox and Bucks platoons that took the Bénouville Bridge over the Caen Canal

The surviving men quickly and quietly gathered together. To the hushed call of Brotheridge, “come on lads,” his platoon rallied and they hurried, first towards battle and the bridge.

Though the Germans knew these back-to-back water crossings to be one of the most strategically vital points in all of occupied France, they were caught off guard. Only two sentries stood guard.

The two German soldiers jumped into action as they spotted the onrush of British soldiers emerging from the darkness. “Fallschirmjäger!Fallschirmjäger!” (German for paratrooper) one shouted as he ran for the trench on the opposite side of the bridge. The other guard quickly fired a flare into the night sky as Brotheridge simultaneously opened fire, killing him just a moment too late.

Brotheridge’s platoon worked fast. Two men dropped grenades into the pillboxes on the West side of the bridge, stopping the German soldiers inside from detonating the explosives which were in place to tear the bridge apart, lest it fall into enemy hands. Fire was returned to the Germans now shooting from the opposite shore.

By 12:21 AM, five minutes after Brotheridge’s platoon hit the ground, they captured the bridge and secured it’s defenses. Before long, Howard received word that his men had captured both bridges and they would hold them until more British forces arrived from the beaches later that morning.

But it wasn’t all good news for Howard. Two under his command had been killed. The first, just after landing and now his dear friend Brotheridge had been killed in action.

As the German sentry’s flare lit the night and gunfire ripped across the canal, a German machine gunner set up in a cafe on the far bank fired a burst at Brotheridge, hitting his neck and back. Brotheridge fell to the ground and died soon after.

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Lieutenant Den Brotheridge is buried in Ranville, Normandy France, across the Caen Canal and Orne River from the place he fell.

He was a brave a leader and now, buried in a cemetery not far from where he fell, he is remembered as the first Allied soldier of thousands more to fall on D-Day. Before he left on his mission, he had been a remarkable footballer and cricket player and hoped to return to his athletic career after the war. He was also married to Margaret Plant who was eight months pregnant with their daughter the night he flew to Normandy.

By Colin Fraser for War History Online

 

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Gun Control Groups Pressure Underwriters to Blacklist NRA’s Carry Guard Insurance

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

These uninformed asshats in guns down are trying to destroy free enterprise and harm legal gun owners when God forbid they are forced to use their firearms.

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The gun control group Guns Down is launching a new ad campaign aimed at portraying the NRA’s Carry Guard insurance as “murder insurance,” with the goal of getting underwriters to abandon the coverage.

Guns Down admits that the insurance is nothing new–the “United States Concealed Carry Association has been in the business much longer”–but they claim to be targeting the NRA because its insurance is “more comprehensive.”

According to the AP, the Guns Down advertising campaign “casts a spotlight on the policies and asks the two insurance companies involved with [Carry Guard] — Lockton Affinity, which administers it, and Chubb, the underwriter — to drop it.” And the Guns Down ads include “a video message from Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen shot and killed in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.”

Scenes of racial division appear on the screen and Fulton says, “They spend millions lobbying for laws that allow them to ‘shoot first’ and ‘stand their ground.’ But that just makes it easier to get away with murder.”

Two things need to be noted here. First, Zimmerman and the allusions to racism are straw man arguments which serve to incite anger that can then be directed toward Carry Guard, even though Carry Guard has nothing to do with Zimmerman or racism. Secondly, Zimmerman was tried by a jury of his peers and acquitted on charges of second-degree murder in July 2013. The following year, Barack Obama’s DOJ announced there was no evidence to support bringing federal charges against him either.

The shooting was done in self-defense.

AP reports that Carry Guard underwriter Chubb responded to a request for comment by saying “it provides insurance for a wide range of risks…when customers are engaged in ‘lawful activity,’ including hunting, shooting at gun ranges or when a firearm accidentally discharges. It noted that Carry Guard includes training and safety courses.”

 

2,800 New Hillary Clinton Emails Recovered Off of Anthony Weiner’s Laptop

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H/T Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

Where are the investigations into this matter?

Why isn’t Hillary Huma and Anthony being questioned and possibly charged with crimes related to these emails?

Estranged husband of Huma Abedin, top Clinton aide, and recovering sex addict Anthony Weiner has a laptop that apparently is a gift that keeps on giving.

Another 2,800 Hillary Clinton emails were discovered on the device and sent over to the State Department. The FBI had to hand over the documents after a conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, sued the State Department for failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request.

“This is a disturbing development,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release, “Our experience with Abedin’s emails suggest these Weiner laptop documents will include classified and other sensitive materials.”

Judicial Watch is now pushing for the public release of these emails; asking for “All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013,” using a non-‘state.gov’ email address.

But that will take a while: In a joint status report signed off by Judicial Watch and the State Department, and dated last week, the State Department names the number of documents found on Weiner’s computer – 2,800 – and says it plans to have it review of those documents completed by December 31, 2017.

“Based on a preliminary review, the State Department expects that a significant portion of these documents may be duplicative of material already reviewed and processed,” the court document reads.

The president of the watchdog group believes Clinton, serving as Secretary of State, and Abedin, Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, committed crimes for using a private email server to conduct government business. When this information was made public Hillary destroyed thousands of emails, bleach-bitting the majority of them and even smashing hard drives.

“When will the Justice Department do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law?” Fitton said.

 

Transgender Person On Trial For Sexually Assaulting 10-Year-Old Girl In Bathroom

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H/T The Daily Caller.

I knew once you started letting these freaks going in to the restroom of their choice things like this was going to happen.

A Wyoming man who identifies as a transgender woman is on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a bathroom.

The trial for Miguel Martinez, who goes by the name Michelle, began on Monday, the Billings Gazette reported. Martinez allegedly invited the young girl into the bathroom with him where he allegedly fondled the girl’s breasts and genitalia, before penetrating her. The girl told police that “it hurt inside” and she started to cry, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

Miguel Martinez seen in his mugshot photo

Miguel Martinez seen in his mugshot photo

Nurses at a nearby medical center “completed a sexual assault exam and found redness and abrasions on the girl’s genitalia,” according to the Gazette’s report.

 Local media reports described Martinez as a “family friend” of the 10-year-old victim.

Martinez faces charges of one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. (RELATED: Transgender Person Arrested For Taking Pictures Of Woman In Target Dressing Room)

The trial is expected to last four days, according to the Billings Gazette.

 

Confirmed: 99 Percent Of Union Donations Go To Liberal-Leaning Causes

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H/T The Daily Caller.

If you have ever worked for a company under the thumb of union thugs you knew about your dues money sent to leftist causes.

Unions donated $765 million dollars to various organizations over the last four years, and 99 percent of that cash went to liberal-leaning causes. (Photo: Shutterstock/igorstevanovi)

Unions across the country donated $765 million dollars to various organizations over the last four years, and 99 percent of that cash went to liberal-leaning causes.

Labor unions gave $764,952,394 to left-wing special interests between 2012 and 2016 according to the Center for Union Facts. Of the nearly $765 million, 99 percent of union political contributions went to left-wing causes. The Center for Union Facts compiled a comprehensive database of information about labor unions in the United States: outlining union spending, salary information, dues revenue data, and more using data from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

DOL data show between 2012 and 2016, roughly $240 million went to left-wing political groups. Labor unions gave $77 million to special interest groups and another $13 million to environmental groups. Over $25 million went to groups like the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Rainbow Push Coalition.

During this same time frame, almost $307 million went to the Democratic Party and aligned groups including, Media Matters, the Clinton Foundation, Mi Familia Vota, the National Democratic Club, The Advocacy Fund, Progressive Democrats of America, and Planned Parenthood.

Money given to these groups and labor union spending on abortion funding, however, is almost exclusively unapproved. Union members must consent to candidate contributions and super PAC spending by affirming they are part of the union, but the same is not true for political advocacy. Thus, union member dues end up going toward political causes — like abortion advocacy — disguised as representational activity.

Here’s how much a few pro-abortion groups received from labor unions since 2007, according to Center for Union Facts Communications Director Luka Ladan:

  • Planned Parenthood: $1.18 million
  • Emily’s List: $810,000
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America: $45,000

Here are the dollar amounts since 2007 that a few labor unions have given for abortion lobby funding:

    • Teachers Union (AFT): $1,150,000
    • State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME): $520,100
    • International Association Of Firefighters (IAFF): $10,000
    • Service Employees Union (SEIU): $180,000
    • Plumbers Union (UA): $40,000
    • Auto Workers Union (UAW): $100,000
    • United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW): $35,000

Groups like the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) also support abortion advocacy projects like the Contraceptive Equity Project that fights to guarantee insurance companies will cover comprehensive contraception services including abortion. The group did not reply to multiple requests for comment.

SEIU spent $12.1 million in the 2010 campaign cycle to advocate for Democratic candidates and another $3.5 million to oppose Republican candidates. The AFSCME also spent more than $12.4 million, $9.5 million of which went to combatting Republican candidates, according to federal campaign filings.

Union membership is far from unanimous politically. Roughly 40 percent of union household members vote Republican in any given election.

“For years, labor unions have hijacked member dues to fund Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, and other pro-abortion groups,” Center for Union Facts expert Ladan told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email. “Yet many union members oppose the abortion lobby. The Employee Rights Act would require union officials to obtain permission before spending dues dollars on left-wing political advocacy.”

The Employee Rights Act, which was introduced to the House in May, would stop unfair labor union practices and provide workers with protections enabling them to select or refrain from representation by labor unions. The act — H.R. 2723 — would require union officials to obtain permission from their members before spending dues money on liberal causes they may oppose.

Unions have done a poor job of listening to members, President of Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Rick Bloomingdale, said in July on a “listening tour,” explaining the union’s approach to politics should change.

“We may have gotten too close to one party,” Bloomingdale said. “We should be for people who are for us, regardless of party label.” Bloomingdale did not respond to The DCNF’s request for comment.

The majority of union members, including pro-life members, also have no idea their money is funding the abortion lobby, said Ladan. “Big Labor doesn’t really want to publicize it,” he added.

The NEA, UAW, AFT, and AFSCME did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

 

FBI Announces More People Die from Knives Than Rifles

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H/T Conservative Tribune.

These are numbers the lamestream media will report about guns vs knives.

Every time a major shooting occurs, the knee-jerk reaction is to ban “assault” rifles.

It’s not like the media even knows what “assault” rifles are (there’s really no such thing on the civilian market, but darned if they don’t trot out the term each time a mass shooting occurs). Still, they’re entirely convinced that scads of murders could be prevented if these phantom weapons were banned.

Unfortunately, even in a world where civilian “assault rifles” and unicorns existed and could both be purchased by anyone, such measures wouldn’t exactly do very much. At least, not unless they’re willing to go after the fine people at Wusthof, as well.

Yes, it turns out that four times as many people are killed by knives than by rifles of any kind — including semi-automatics, the type of weapon usually passed as a civilian “assault rifle” when the chimerical category is discussed.

According to Breitbart, the FBI Uniform Crime Report noted that while 374 people were killed by rifles of any type in 2016, knives claimed 1,604 lives.

That’s about the same as it was in 2015, when rifles and shotguns were used to kill 548 people while knives were used to kill 1,573.

Knife crime is on the rise, and the only conclusion is obvious: It’s time for Ginsu control.

Let’s face facts, people. Do you really need a knife powerful enough to cut through a tin can? And not only that, it’s so powerful that after it cuts through the tin can, it can actually slice through a tomato with the greatest of ease.

Look at this raw footage of one of these assault knives in action from 1980:

Black Man Arrested For Assaulting a Disabled White Man As Revenge For Slavery

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H/T MRCTV.

Bathhouse Barry and the lamestream media are to blame for this anti white attitude.

A 27-year-old black man has been charged with a hate crime after assaulting a white, disabled, homeless passenger as revenge for slavery.

 WJLA reports Marquis Evans-Royster and the victim were riding the Washington D.C. Metrobus system at the time of the incident. Evans-Royster approached the 52-year-old victim, looked him directly in the eye, and said, “You owe me for making my grandmother a slave.”

Evans-Royster also reportedly spit on the victim’s face and searched through his pockets. While on the bus, he also allegedly yelled, “All white people are evil” and that the white passengers on the bus “should die.”

In addition to spitting on his face, Evans-Royster also threatened to throw urine on the victim. Throwing urine has apparently become a recent trend on the Metrobus.

Evans-Royster was arrested by Metro Transit Police and has been charged with a hate crime and various other offenses. He faces up to 30 years in jail.

NEW: Police charge 27yo man with hate crime on Q1 Metro Bus. Suspect allegedly told disabled/homeless white passenger: “You owe me for making my grandmother a slave” + declared all white people are evil + spit in victim’s face + threatened to douse victim with urine @ABC7News

Despite the fact the incident met the threshold for a hate crime, one of the people people interviewed by WJLA said the assault was because people feel “desperate.”

70-year-old Tyrone Kenney said the assault “speaks to the state of the times.”

“People are desperate, they’re looking for leadership, they’re looking for guidance, but they’re not getting it at home, they’re not getting it from government. It’s a period of time I’ve never seen before,” he continued.

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