Friday, June 06, 2008

General Eisenhower's D-Day Message

Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade . . .

toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men.

The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

If today's mainstream televison news and newspaper types had been around for D Day, the Allies would have pulled out of Normandy on the second day and the war would have lasted years longer and could have had a much different ending. Eisenhower would have been drummed out of the Army by media pressure for the thousands of American lives lost on that single day. FDR would never have won a fourth term since the media would have "outed" him as a "cripple". The New York Times would have "leaked" stories about the Manhattan Project and Truman would have been impeached for using atomic bombs on Japan. So are we being better served by the mainsteam media now???