A Letter from the Allied Commander and Brave Soldiers


[AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from audio]

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces:

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 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, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Original Draft of Speech


Above is a copy of the letter each of our brave soldiers received on the night of June 5, 1944 as they finished their last preparations for invasion and for some,  the  for  some  their last day on earth. One was my brother who was wounded on June 6th, D-Day and gave his life on D-Day +2.



Read the breathtaking statistics of the pain, loss, and death of  our soldiers, their families and brave men from other countries who died  for the freedom of the world.



D-Day by the Number

D-Day by the Numbers


About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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4 Responses to A Letter from the Allied Commander and Brave Soldiers

  1. GP Cox says:

    It is so sad to know your brother heard these words not long before his death. It must touch you deeply.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Been perusing many posts here; The letter image from Eisenhower is missing.

    Liked by 1 person

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