Sunday, June 6, 2010

Great Speeches - Order of the Day - 6 June 1944

As most of you know, today is the anniversary of the beginning of one of the most famous and daring military operations in our history and in the history of the world, Operation Neptune, which was the code name for the Normandy landings. June 6th, 1944, will forever be known as D-Day. Prior to the commencement of this massive undertaking, General Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered this speech to the troops who were going into harm's way. It was short and sweet and delivered with respect, sincerity and great humility. As far as I know, he did not use a teleprompter.

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
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.

1 comment:

  1. We need another "IKE." Of course were he still our top warrior, he would be restrained from using the term "Great Crusade." Oh, and his last sentence about beseeching "the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking" would have to be expunged. Wonder how he would feel about that?