Saturday, June 06, 2009

Eisenhower's D-Day Letter

This morning I decided to gather my previous links regarding D-Day and World War II to remember today’s importance. During the process I wanted to update my personal Facebook page with a D-Day quotation and ran across this site regarding the letter then General Eisenhower issued to the troops prior to the invasion.

The site states the D-Day letter to the troops changed the moral of the men and women that helped make the D-Day invasion a success. Without this important document the war could have been drastically changed.

The letter states:

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 1940-1941. 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.

Signed….Dwight D. Eisenhower

You can find the full text of the letter from the site here

Previously here at American Presidents Blog, Jennie W. posted Ike At D-Day where you can find more information.

1 comment:

coriolan said...

Here's another presidential D-Day link: FDR's ddeply moving prayer as the invasion is launched.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUy1ejRq9RE