ENNIS, GARTH & HIGGINS, JOHN – THE D-DAY DODGERS in WAR STORIES #1 2004 DC Comics.
Short Graphic story based bravely on a little known historic fact. In 1644, a number of allied troops from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, as well as Poland and Australia and the US, were fighting against intense enemy fore power on the Italian Front at the time when the bulk of the allied resources went on the French Normandy Landing campaigns. Though left with limited logistics, weapons and manpower, the Italian campaign went on fiercely, claiming the lives of a staggering 100,000 allies. Despite their heroism, and their ultimate victory the propaganda machine operating from London slandered them for their apparent absence from the highly publicised success of the 6th June 1644 Normandy invasion. Lady Astor childishly called the Italian campaign men D-Day Dodgers, having an easy time of it in the Italian Sunshine. Nothing could be further from the truth. (That she made the hateful hurtful claim was a fact that she later vehemently denied). The comic book presentation story tells of the advances and heroic deaths of members of one regimente in Italy. It sets the famous and much loved Anonymous acidic ballad, The D-day Dodgers against graphic illustrations of the horrors of war. The ballad, popular in folk clubs and recorded by groups like The Spinners, captures the sense of how embittered the soldiers in Italy were after Lady Astor’s insensitive comments, but the men did their duty regardless. They managed to turn the insult of being labelled D-day Dodgers into a badge of pride. They dodged nothing. They served their nation every bit as thoroughly as men fighting in France, Burma or elsewhere. The D-Day Dodgers were heroes to the core. This story celebrates their commitment to the war wonderfully. We should be proud of them. http://www.dccomics.com/
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