Twitter account recreates the D-Day landings, with real-time updates

70 years on from the famous D-Day landings, social networking giant Twitter is being used to recreate the scene from the Second World War. The National Archives, responsible for archives dating back to the 1086 Domesday Book, is running the Twitter account @ukwarcabinet. Posting real-time updates of the military movements throughout the day, the account will continue to tweet the aftermath of June the 6th with original Cabinet Papers as their source. 

The innovative idea had actually started way back, and the account itself has been registered since 2009. The organization has been posting updates covering the 'buildup' to D-Day in the past months. Currently at just over 12,000 followers, we expect the account pick up a few more readers due to the significance of today.

This article quotes an explanation from The National Archives, saying: 

We will use war diaries and operations records to tweet details of everything from the parachute regiments landing overnight; then the ships sailing across in the morning; and what the infantry and special services were doing on the ground during 6 June, 1944.

We highly recommend you head over to @ukwarcabinet and check out what they have to offer. Not only does it provide brilliant reading, but it is after all the 70th anniversary of the world famous event. 

Source: ukwarcabinet via Pocket-lint | Colleville-Sur-Mer, France image by Shutterstock

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While I haven't ever known a person who was directly involved in D-Day, I have countless relatives that were part of the fight. My grandfather was stationed in Eygpt and was involved with the bombers that the British Army used.
And knowing some of the youth of today's ignorance towards a non-technological era, doing something like this might give them an idea of just how quick the day's proceedings ended up going for all involved.
Good job Twitter :)

Celebrating war? How young are you to not even comprehend the context of today? To not understand that so many young men knowingly gave their lives to defend not only their own country, but to liberate those under the hold of a tyrannical regime. Quite frankly, your comments disgust me (but that's my issue), moreover they suggest your absolute ignorance to what today symbolises. Hell, it's potentially thanks to these brave young men that you are even allowed to exist in a society where you can make such facetious comments.

Well you obviously didn't get the sarcasm. I don't think there is any reason to celebrate an event like that which is beyond the imagination of anyone commenting on here.

How is it beyond the imagination. I have visited the sites, been to the cemeteries - I am well informed of the events and the hell these kids went through. The numbers themselves do not lie. I have spoken with people who experienced it first hand. Don't project your complete misunderstanding of the event onto others. Nobody is celebrating a goddamned thing, it is a memorial day. Your sarcasm was misplaced, and even when taken into context show that you seem to know jack about the events of that day, the lead-up and what the outcome was.

So you think visiting cemeteries and speaking to involved people will give you an imagination of that event. Well if you say so

Will it give me an imagination? Of course it will - it will provide me the context and knowledge necessary to make informed comment. Will it give me the first-hand experience? Of course not, and thankfully I don't have to carry the burden of first-hand memory of that day.

However, your absolute childish ignorance is displayed by your continued nonsense. Specifically, attempting to defend a ridiculous comment on a day such as today.

-adrian- said,
Good idea celebrating War

I can't actually believe you would say this. Grow up :)
I logged into the site just to say that to you.

Keep defending your ridiculous comments - all you are doing is painting yourself into a corner where you look more and more ridiculous. Irony or sarcasm, you choose, as they are not the same. Either way, both wholly inappropriate here. Even a child should know that!

This is not glorying or celebrating war. It is about growth as individuals and as the human race. This is not some Jessie Pope Poem, this is about the harsh reality of war, as depicted by Wilfred Owen. The whole point is to drive home what a terrible day that was. Nobody wins war and many of the young men who landed on the beach on that day were shot to bits where they stood. Did you not do history? Nobody found joy on D-Day and nobody found joy about it since.

While I agree that we should celebrate war, we aren't. We are remembering a day when members of your and my family died to stop the Nazi's marching all over Europe.
You may as well have said "Good idea celebrating the salughter of all those Nazi's." That would have been just as ignorant and just as stupid.

-adrian- said,
Good idea celebrating War

-adrian- said,
Well you obviously didn't get the sarcasm. I don't think there is any reason to celebrate an event like that which is beyond the imagination of anyone commenting on here.

The purpose of today's events is not to celebrate war, and to suggest sincerely that that is the aim is rather naïve; to do so sarcastically is simply offensive.

The purpose of today's events is to commemorate those lost in battle, and to honour the sacrifices of those departed and those still with us, in throwing themselves into the line of fire to defend those powerless to defend themselves.

We would not enjoy so many of the freedoms that many of us do today were it not for the selflessness of those who fought 70 years ago, and in many conflicts since. To recognise this is not to celebrate war; it is to honour those prepared to do what it takes to preserve our way of life, regardless of the ingratitude that they may face from those who would seek to belittle their efforts.

Too often, we take these freedoms for granted - including the freedom that you exercise so joyfully here to speak with such profound and wilful ignorance - but many of us prefer to pause from time to time and contemplate what we have, why we have it, and who we have to thank for it.

-adrian- said,
Well you obviously didn't get the sarcasm. I don't think there is any reason to celebrate an event like that which is beyond the imagination of anyone commenting on here.

My father was in the British Army during WWII and served in North Africa and Italy. Although he didn't talk about it much he mentioned snippets over the years before his death. So it isn't beyond my imagination. All I can say is that is that I'm grateful to him and all the others and I'm glad I didn't have to go through it.

-adrian- said,
Good idea celebrating War

Yes because we're celebrating the war itself and not the actions of the brave Men who were mostly forced by their Governments to go and die on foreign soils in the name of Freedom and defending the innocent.

McKay said,

Yes because we're celebrating the war itself and not the actions of the brave Men who were mostly forced by their Governments to go and die on foreign soils in the name of Freedom and defending the innocent.

You're just as bad.... Government forced Men to do so? No... If anything Government was forced by other evil's and act against them. It wasn't an easy time for anybody whether your making the decisions or your fighting carrying out the decisions somebody else made. I wouldn't want to be an either of their shoes....

Some men fought for their country willingly because they understood what was at stake.

bguy_1986 said,

You're just as bad.... Government forced Men to do so? No... If anything Government was forced by other evil's and act against them. It wasn't an easy time for anybody whether your making the decisions or your fighting carrying out the decisions somebody else made. I wouldn't want to be an either of their shoes....

Some men fought for their country willingly because they understood what was at stake.

You're denying the governments introduced conscription, and forced Men into the military with the threat of Prison?

McKay said,

You're denying the governments introduced conscription, and forced Men into the military with the threat of Prison?

I re-read what I said, and I didn't deny anything.

bguy_1986 said,

I re-read what I said, and I didn't deny anything.

"Forced to go and do so? No".

Seems like a denial to me.

Nik L said,
Yeah, there is no arguing that conscription was enforce. It takes nothing away from the sacrifice.

I'm not saying it takes away, if anything I feel more sorry for the dead who were conscripted.

yeoo_andy_ni said,
While I agree that we should celebrate war, we aren't. We are remembering a day when members of your and my family died to stop the Nazi's marching all over Europe.
You may as well have said "Good idea celebrating the salughter of all those Nazi's." That would have been just as ignorant and just as stupid.

So the Allies stopped Nazis from "walking over Europe" but when CCCP did that no one blinked an eye? While Hitler was an terrible person Stalin was no better but somehow these days History books dont talk about that.

Anyway, war is war, we shouldnt keep reminding it over and over again, even if its with good intentions. My grandfather was in WW2 and any way he wants to forget it he cant and then some bunch of smart asses on Twitter think its a "good idea". People who have been in a war dont want to be reminded on it. Or at least thats how I understand from my family.

And yet we find ourselves in a generation that has little idea about what war means, what people go through and with rising apathy. These veterans deserve a memorial, and we as people need a reminder to ensure we are not apathetic to it happening again.