Around this time back in 1944, the events depicted in Saving Private Ryan played themselves out in the cities and the countryside of France.
The Allies and the Nazis were locked in vicious battles, and the good guys were winning.
But if you think about it, the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944 should have been a major disaster for the Allies.
This was no lopsided US v. Taliban situation and the Germans were sitting behind the Atlantic Wall- coastal fortifications made up of concrete and guns and radar and designed to make Hitler’s Europe impregnable to a seaborne invasion.
The Nazi supply lines were also less prone to stretching and disruption.
But all that counted for nothing. When the rubber hit the road, the Germans were rapidly pushed back and Paris was liberated in August 1944, effectively ending Hitler’s 4 year old reign over France.
How did that happen?