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Eisenhower foran et kort over D-dag
Vesteuropas Folk! Troppestyrker af de allierede Styrkers Ekspeditionshær gik i Morges i Land paa den franske Kyst.
Jeg meldte mig til general Marshall tidlig om morgenen, søndag den 14. december, og for første gang i mit liv havde jeg en samtale med ham, der varede mere end to minutter.
Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally.
Kort over kampområdet.
Montgomery har meddelt den allierede Øverstkommanderende, at alle fjendens styrker i Holland, Nordvesttyskland og Danmark.
Nedenfor er den berømte tekst som Eisenhower skrev til soldaterne, der deltog i landgangen i Normandiet på D-dag, for at give dem tro på, at landgangen varslede begyndelsen på enden for det nazistiske styre i Centraleuropa.

Churchill brugte nogle skønne ord efter sejren ved El Alamein: ”This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Landgangen i Normandiet blev the beginning of the end, som Eisenhower lover.
Brevhoved Supreme Headquarters

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 and 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.

Dwight Eisenhower
Dwight Eisenhowers underskrift

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