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06-06-2012, 04:10 AM


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, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

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

Dwight Eisenhower

06-06-2012, 01:00 PM
They had a 102 year old former WAVE on the Today Show this morning, talking about how she was stationed on a boat in England at the time, and how the invasion was a complete surprise to all of them. They knew when the ships started leaving the harbor and the planes started flying overhead, toward France.

She was cool. She still serves, by helping people in the VA medical center nearest to her.

06-06-2012, 01:40 PM
A friend of mine Joe Caldwell participated in the invasion, he died a year ago January.

06-06-2012, 02:35 PM
‎"People of Western Europe. A landing was made this morning on the coast of France by troops of the Allied Expeditionary Force. This landing is part of the concerted United Nations' plan for the liberation of Europe, made in conjunction with our great Russian allies ... I call upon all who love freedom to stand with us. Keep your faith staunch. Our arms are resolute. Together we shall achieve victory." -
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower,
D-Day Broadcast to People of Western Europe, June 6, 1944