From Business Insider:
On this day 68 years ago, nearly 3 million Allied troops readied themselves for one of the greatest military operations of world history.
D-Day. And the push that led to Hitler’s defeat.
At least 160,000 of those troops landed on the shores of Normandy, France. As they stormed the beaches, General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s confident words summed up the incredible significance of their mission:
“You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you,” he wrote in a famous letter sent to troops before the assault.
“We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good Luck!
As this story notes, he also wrote an alternative letter, one to be used if things went the other way and the Nazis won. Also from the Business Insider story:
“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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.”
What? No “mistakes were made” weasel words? “[A]ny blame or fault attached to the attempt is mine alone?” How quaint that sounds in the age of Obama. Thank Almighty God for men like Eisenhower, and pray to Him that we can find more leaders like that to help us take our country back.