Sunday, June 6, 2010

They saved the world

Sixty-six years ago today, members of the Allied forces jumped from aircraft into the occupied countryside of France and their brothers-in-arms stormed the beaches of Normandy.

From those precarious moments on, the world was able to begin to more than just dream of freeing Europe and ending one of the most demonic regimes in human history. Thanks to those brave men, we are here to experience everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. Living lives without the menace that had consumed much of the world back then.

We remain indebted.


Here is then-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's message to his men prior to the invasion:

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.

SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sincere thanks for this terrific post. The ONLY positive thing that our current President has done, is to WAKE UP many proud Americans who have, in the past, assumed that our freedoms and culture would continue year after year.

Now that we have a President who is bent on destroying our free-enterprise, our culture, our national defense, our economy, our Constitutional rights, and more...WE are fighting back!

Jeff, I am a neighbor of yours and enjoy your contributions on the John Batchelor Show. Keep up your terrific work.

Rob S.