D-Day

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 I944 ! Much has happened since theNazi 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 trainedfighting 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.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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