Sunday, June 6, 2010



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

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 I944 ! Much has happened since the
Nazi triumphs of I940-4I. 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
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, 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 Eisenhower

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