This D-Day Hypothetical Question Has Everybody Talking. What Would You Choose?

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

I posed a hypothetical question on the 74th anniversary of D-Day Wednesday, and it got some very interesting reactions.

My question was a simple one: Would you rather have been on the first wave to hit Omaha Beach, or would you rather have been a paratrooper to land behind enemy lines without a weapon (which happened a lot)?

I posed this question on Twitter, and the results aren’t close. As of this moment, 80 percent of people chose the option of being a paratrooper without a gun. (SLIDESHOW: CELEBRATE THE 74TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY WITH THESE EPIC PHOTOS)

Here are a few of the responses to the question below.

I spoke to somebody last night with a decent amount of knowledge of the situation, there are risks and the rewards to both options. The answer, however, is a simple one to me. You should choose to be an unarmed paratrooper without a doubt.

Here’s why I think it’s the correct option. Paratroopers were dropped at night, which gives you a certain automatic level of cover. Yes, not having a weapon would suck, but Richard Winters made it through D-Day after landing without a weapon. You could sneak around until you’re able to link back up with some American soldiers, grab a gun off of a dead soldier or get a backup weapon from an allied force.

Omaha Beach? That’s a bit of a different story. There’s nowhere to hide, and it’s light out. The men on those beaches were running directly into German fire. I would without question prefer to be an unarmed paratrooper and it’s not even close.

Fire off in the comment section which you would choose out of the two options.

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