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Discussion in 'Lounge' started by sd0324, Jun 5, 2021.

  1. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

  2. Martin64 A Fixture

    "Our landings in the Cherbourg - Havre area have failed to gain a satifactory forthold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon 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" July 5th

    This was the draft for the address in case that the landings would have failed. According to Eisenhower he drafted this note in the afternoon of June 5th and rediscovered it on July 11th. It is kept in the presidential library. It is interesting that Eisenhower signed the draft with the wrong date - an indication of the stress load upon his shoulders.
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  3. Blind Pew A Fixture

    I understand the D-Day casualties were only a fraction of what SHEAF anticipated and planned for. That level of carnage doesn't bear thinking about.
  4. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

    The use of the term United Nations at that time & in that context is interesting, as the UN wasn’t chartered until the following year. Obviously the idea was in the planning stages in June 1944.
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  5. Martin64 A Fixture

    Certainly - therefore Germany and Japan are till today subject of Art 107 of the Charter of the United Nations ("enemy states").
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  6. Nap A Fixture

    Respect and honour and NEVER FORGET the sacrifice all made


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