If blame or fault at­taches to the at­tempt, it is mine alone

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Gen­eral Dwight D Eisen­hower, Com­man­der of Al­lied Forces, June 5, 1944.

It was short and to the point and, if de­liv­ered, would have sig­nalled the most dis­as­trous turn­ing-point in World War Two. As 150,000 Al­lied troops poured onto the beaches of Nor­mandy as they launched the D-Day land­ings to re­take con­ti­nen­tal Europe and drive the Nazis back to Ger­many, Gen­eral Dwight D Eisen­hower, car­ried a hand-writ­ten four sen­tences in his wal­let for a month, to be read if the in­va­sion failed, tak­ing full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the de­feat.

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 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.

Piper Bill Millin plays High­land Lad­die as the in­va­sion be­gins

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