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    Into the landing craft

    D-Day at Dawn,
    As he climbed down
    The scramble net
    And into the landing craft,
    He was afraid,
    But more than that
    He was terrified,
    But he was not
    Afraid of death
    Nor of injury,
    Not of the rolling seas
    Or the deafening boom
    Of Naval guns
    Or incessant gunfire
    From the hostile shore.
    None of that unnerving
    Catalogue of terror
    Frightened his as much,
    Or made him more afraid
    Than of fear itself
    A paralyzing fear
    Filling him with anxiety
    Rendering him inert
    Leaving him unable
    To do his duty
    To remember his training
    Or fulfill his function
    But above all else
    His greatest fear of all
    Was that he would
    Let down his men
    When they needed him most

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    Beautiful....
    One has to have connections to such things, to fully understand and appreciate what you so beautifully put into words.
    My thanks, Biggus...
    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty
    ~Albert Einstein

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    Thanks Kiz
    My Dad was at Normandy and landed with the Guards Armoured Division.
    He rarely spoke about his wartime experiences, and when he did it was generally about the normal day to day things that he remembered, his mates, eating, drinking and sharing a joke, rather than the horrors.
    I did ask him once if he was afraid during the fighting and he replied
    "Oh yes, every minute, and anyone who said they weren’t were either liars or already dead"

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