D-Day, or Operation Overlord, was the Allied invasion of Europe. By the end of the day, the Allied troops had secured the beach heads in Normandy and had began their slow slog inland.
GEN Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Commander of the Allied forces, was not sure if the operation was going to succeed or fail. Weather was dicey at best. Ike projected a confident face.
“This operation is planned as a victory, and that’s the way it’s going to be. We’re going down there, and we’re throwing everything we have into it, and we’re going to make it a success,” he said.
However, if it had failed, he had written a letter accepting full responsibility.
One day before the invasion, he prepared a brief statement—just in case:
“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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 on 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.”
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To learn more about the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, see this Memorial Day 2020 video.