The Fallen Project

It’s not known exactly how many people died on D-Day 6th June 1944 when the Normandy landings took place, but a  fairly conservative estimate is about 9000 (including about 3000 French civilians).

In September last year, the beach at Arromanches (code-named Gold ) was the site of a remarkable art installation called The Fallen 9000 during which hundreds of volunteers stencilled images of 9000 fallen soldiers into the sand.



It’s a moving image, not least because the figures were soon to be washed away by the incoming tide. Let’s hope the courage and self-sacrifice of the soldiers who gave their lives that day are not forgotten too. Seventy years on, fascism is apparently once again on the rise in Europe. We should not forget where that road has led in the past.

Lest we forget.

7 Responses to “The Fallen Project”

  1. Found this interesting item on “quantum effects” ….

    By Val Gilbert, Crossword Editor

    12:05AM BST 03 May 2004

    Sixty years ago today, a four-letter word appeared as a solution in The Daily Telegraph’s crossword that was to have repercussions that have reverberated down the years to today.

    The four-letter word was Utah, innocent enough you might think, but in May 1944 a word pregnant with meaning. Utah was the codename for the D-Day beach assigned to the 4th US Assault Division. A coincidence, surely?

    Full article here:

    References: Professor W. Pauli, “acausal connections in
    the space-time continuum.:
    Predicting a supernova in Ursa Minor: TD Laurence, Open
    CG Jung: “The Synchronicity Principle.”

    • telescoper Says:

      The story is more interesting than that, actually.
      In May 1944 the chief crossword setter for the Daily Telegraph was paid a visit by some heavies from MI5. It turned out that in recent puzzles he had used (quite innocently and by sheer coincidence) the words MULBERRY, PLUTO, NEPTUNE and OVERLORD all of which were highly confidential code words to be used for the forthcoming D-Day invasion…

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    I was on those beaches for the 50th anniversary in 1994. It was a privilege to talk to the veterans, in France and on the ferry back. As soon as they realised that I was genuinely interested, rather than a gawper, they were very willing to talk about it.

    An absolutely outstanding book on World War II in Europe from D-Day to VE-Day is The Struggle for Europe by Chester Wilmot. It was written within a decade of these events and is poignant, gripping and scholarly. Even now, when so much more material has come out, I can grumble only about its vagueness over how the tide turned in the Battle of the Atlantic – due to Bletchley Park and still secret in the 1950s. Wilmot was an Australian journalist who parachuted into France with our first troops on D-Day; he died in one of the Comet jet airliner crashes of the 1950s. He asks how it came about that Britain fought for 6 long years only to have Stalin replace Hitler as a clear and present danger.

    • telescoper Says:

      I must read that book. Does Wilmot say much about the deception campaign by British intelligence that suggested the main invasion would be in Pas de Calais?

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        There are several paragraphs about that in chapter X. This book can be had from Amazon for 1p plus the postal charge, which is one of reading’s great bargains. I first came across it when I found a copy littering the verge of a minor road out of my village a few years ago, dried it out at home and found that I’d struck lucky.

  3. George Jones Says:

    I talk quite often with an old Scottish guy who patronizes my local coffee shop (in western** Canada). He comes to the coffee shop because he likes talking, and because he is restless. A couple of years ago, he said to me, “George, never retire.”

    A few months ago, he told that he was in British Airborne, and that he parachuted behind the lines on D-Day. He saw some of his buddies die, and he still despairs greatly over the loss of life.

    He is eighty-nine and sharp as a tack. We usually chat about politics and sports. He follows Canadian professional (ice) hockey quite closely.

    (** I live in the West, as opposed to what some people call the West, but which actually is the Midlands.)

  4. “Seventy years on, fascism is apparently once again on the rise in Europe.”

    Does “Europe” here include the UK? (I’ve often heard “Europe” to mean “the Continent” in England, not only on a sign in Dover which said “Europe closed due to fog”.

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