General Eisenhower’s Secret Letter

Hello, Chris the friendly intern here back with another weekly post

Although some days has past since it’s anniversary, D-Day occurred 70 years ago on June 6th, 1944. For those few who are not completely familiar with D-Day it was the invasion of France at the beaches of Normandy where more than 9,000 soldiers gave their lives. This was a major turning point of the war giving the Allies the upper hand and the ability to slowly march across Europe which eventually ended in the expelling the evil in which this hate all began, Adolf Hitler. However, since the end of the war in 1945 the world has, or at least a lot of people accepted D-Day as something that was a given and of course the Allies were going to win the war in the first place. Well, this is not the case. The Invasion of Normandy was one of the last stands of the Allies to really get a push into Europe to stand a chance in the war. The risk was extremely high, so high in fact General Eisenhower even had a letter for the off chance that the invasion did not succeed; this is a chilling letter.

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It reads:

‘Our landings in the Cherbourg-Haver area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.

‘My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available.

‘The troops, the air, and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.’

This letter says a lot about how crucial this day in history was. If this venture was not successful General Eisenhower might have essentially ended his career and in the process also effected Winston Churchill’s standing as well. Luckily, all of these things never had to happen and the invasion was greatly successful. Events like these make you appreciate what our countries have sacrificed to keep freedom alive in the world.

Until next week my friends,

– Chris

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