Eisenhower’s draft speech on the event of the failure of the D-Day landings


On the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings I found this interesting article about a draft that General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote which would have been his speech if the landings had proved a failure.

Fortunately, for Eisenhower and for the allied forces, which included my father ( on D-Day + 1), the landings were the ” beginning of the end”  for Nazi Germany ( to quote Sir Winston Churchill out of context).

The speech reads as follows:

Our landings in the Cherbourg Le Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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.”

Here is a picture of Eisenhower’s actual handwritten draft:



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