Welcome to Normandy we Tuesday 6 June 1944….

Message sent to all participants of Operation Overlord

“soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces !

You are about to embark for the great crusade toward which tended all our efforts for months. The world's eyes are on you. Hopes, the prayers of all freedom-loving peoples with you. With our brave allies and other fronts brothers in arms, you will destroy the German war machine, you annihilate the yoke of tyranny that the Nazis exerted on the peoples of Europe and you will bring security in a free world.

Your task will not be easy. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and hard to fight. He will fight savagely.
But we are 1944. Much has changed since the Nazi triumphs of years 1940-1941. The United Nations have inflicted great losses to the Germans in man to man fighting. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their ability to make war on land and in the air. Our war effort has given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions and has provided us with important reserves of trained men. The fortune of the battle turned ! The free men of the world are walking together towards victory !
I have full confidence in your courage, your dedication and skill in battle. We will only accept the Total Victory ! 
Good luck ! Beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking”

general Eisenhower

 

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