Some empty chairs
are emptier chairs
than other chairs.
Watching the D-Day commemorations reminded me that in January 1944 there was another landing – Anzio. And there are no commemorations:
“When Lucian Truscott’s 3rd Division was first selected for the operation, he pointed out to Clark that the position was a death trap and there would be no survivors. Agreeing, Clark canceled the operation, but Prime Minister Churchill revived it.”
The Irish Guards Battalion in which my father served was almost wiped out at Anzio – he was lucky to survive. He then was a prison of war – Boyd Clack – to return to hear soldiers of the Italian Campaign called “D-Day dodgers”.
Ironic too listening to historians talk about Churchill’s anxiety about D-Day because of the disaster of his making at Galipoli – when he was also responsible for the more recent disaster at Anzio and placing men in a “deathtrap” – helped by the incompetence of the American Generals in command.
But no commemoration for the Battle of Anzio – albeit deleted out of history!
That shaft of light
Another great mix of Poetry, Spoken Word, Song and Music organised by Rob Cullen!
Clwb Y Bont opens its doors at 7.00pm and VOB starts at 7.30pm.
Non-alcoholic drinks and the other stuff at the bar.
Wheelchair access and easy car parking on Taff Street.
Last train back to the ‘Dif just after 11pm.