On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily
fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing
less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day
invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in
lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their
sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to
defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.
This order was issued by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to encourage Allied soldiers taking part
in the D-day invasion of June 6, 1944. Almost immediately after France fell to the Nazis in
1940, the Allies planned a cross-Channel assault on the German occupying forces, ultimately
code-named Operation Overlord. By May 1944, 2,876,000 Allied troops were amassed in
southern England. The largest armada in history, made up of more than 4,000 American,
British, and Canadian ships, lay in wait, and more that 1,200 planes stood ready. Against a
tense backdrop of uncertain weather forecasts, disagreements in strategy, and related timing
dilemmas, Eisenhower decided before dawn on June 5 to proceed with Overlord. Later that
same afternoon, he scribbled a note intended for release, accepting responsibility for the
decision to launch the invasion and full blame should the effort to create a beachhead on the
Normandy coast fail. Much more polished is his printed Order of the Day for June 6, 1944,
which Eisenhower began drafting in February. The order was distributed to the 175,000
member expeditionary force on the eve of the invasion. - The U.S. Army
Here is the D-Day eve message (order) from General Dwight D. Eisenhower.