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Old 05-22-2019, 09:20 AM
 
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"Our assault on D-Day had achieved tactical surprise. The weather was bad and the sea rough, but the troops were landed in good heart and at the right places. Slowly and relentlessly we made ground and extended the lodgement area. On D+1 we were five to six miles inland. By D+4 (10th June) the lodgement area was joined up into one continuous whole; it was sixty miles long and varied in depth from eight to twelve miles; it was firmly held and all anxiety had passed. There had been considerable cause for alarm on OMAHA beach in the early stages; but that situation was put right by the gallantry of the American soldiers, by good supporting naval fire, and by brave work by fighter-bomber aircraft."
- Memoirs of Field-Marshal Montgomery by Montgomery of Alamein, chapter Normandy.
"And what a plan! This vast operation is undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever occurred.''
- Winston Churchill to the House of Commons, June 6, 1944
‘They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate.’
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Old 05-22-2019, 09:42 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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And it was accomplished with incredible risk but in the end was a success. Meticulous planning, air supremacy over the beachhead and beyond. Can you imagine the level of anxiety and stress on Eisenhower and his subordinates?
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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And it was accomplished with incredible risk but in the end was a success. Meticulous planning, air supremacy over the beachhead and beyond. Can you imagine the level of anxiety and stress on Eisenhower and his subordinates?
And, of course, the massive and essential misdirection efforts. "They also serve who only built wooden tanks."
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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And it was accomplished with incredible risk but in the end was a success. Meticulous planning, air supremacy over the beachhead and beyond. Can you imagine the level of anxiety and stress on Eisenhower and his subordinates?

It was called calculated risk.

He made gallant speeches to the troops before the invasion but what a heavy heart he must have had...thinking of the young men approaching Omaha and other beaches....

then, once it was underway, he said his job was done. He went to his room and read Westerns that day to keep his mind occupied a bit...
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:50 AM
 
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Eisenhower, had prepared a message for the press and public, accepting all the blame for Overlord’s failure. This message was never distributed.
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:23 AM
 
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Eisenhower, had prepared a message for the press and public, accepting all the blame for Overlordís failure. This message was never distributed.

I read that in his bio.....he had no clue what the results would be....

read also once it was underway, US and other Allied countries basically stopped what they were doing to await results....kids were let out of school, some businesses shut etc. Very tense day for so many...
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:02 PM
 
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I believe that the handwritten note accepting failure was crumpled up and thrown into a waste basket. Later someone found,retrieved and saved it for the historical record.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:44 PM
 
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I believe that the handwritten note accepting failure was crumpled up and thrown into a waste basket. Later someone found,retrieved and saved it for the historical record.
Sounds true, doubt Eisenhower would have kept it...
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:23 PM
 
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Montgomery had no misgivings about D-Day being a success.
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:50 PM
 
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In the book D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, Gen. Eisenhower is quoted as saying 20 years after the invasion "...it's just overwhelming...to think of the lives given...paying a terrible price on this beach (Omaha) alone, on that one day, 2000 casualties.

What they did to preserve our way of life...but they did it so the world could be free...to make sure Hitler could not destroy freedom in the world."
While I quite admire Eisenhower as both a military commander and a president, it should be noted that in 1944 there was absolutely no possibility that Hitler could 'destroy freedom in the world'. Really, there never was - for example, the UK and Ireland and Iceland were beyond Germany's reach, to say nothing of the United States and Canada and Australia and New Zealand. Also, the war did not allow that 'the world could be free'. Hell, 'the world' isn't free today - just some parts of it are.

I don't begrudge Ike's mythologizing at a 20-year memorial, but this is a history forum so I just wanted to clarify that.

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And it was accomplished with incredible risk but in the end was a success. Meticulous planning, air supremacy over the beachhead and beyond.
One lesson of D-Day - specifically, the vastly superior Allied position in 1944 compared to that of Germany in 1940 - shows how utterly impossible any invasion of Britain would have been.
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