6.6.08

6th of June

Each day as I sit at my computer, I only have to glace up on the wall and I can see a map of France during the Hundred Years War. This map was brought back to me by my daughter when she returned from her studies at UCO,in Angers. I can see the two peninsulas of France, Normandy and Brittany. With almost pinpoint accuracy I can make out the landing sites of the invasion forces sent to conquer France and all of Europe from the Nazis. The invasion forces included Americans, Britons, Canadians, and French troops. Above them flew planes manned by Americans, Britons, French, Dutch Norwegians, Czech, and Poles. Today was their day and I remember them.

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


Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

*The landings were made just a bit south-west from the embarkation point of the last major cross channel invasion, this one from France. In 1066 William Duc of Normandie left Saint-Valery (-en-Caux) in the Haute-Normandie for Hastings.

1 comment:

Catherine Delors said...

Thank you for this beautiful post, Richard. I will link to it. The D-Day anniversary made it a bit difficult to secure a hotel room, but I hope to catch some of the celebrations.