The Chilling Letter Eisenhower Drafted in Case the Nazis Won on D-Day

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By Eloise Lee
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
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 lead 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!"

But there's another letter that he set aside "in case of failure." What if we lost?

As you may have seen before in the National Archives, General Eisenhower had doubts in the face of a "well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened" enemy. If the invasion of Normany failed, this is the message he would have relayed to the public. How different the world would be.

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Here's what it says: "Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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."

*He accidentally dated the letter July 5. It should have been June 5. We're sure he had a lot on his mind.

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jdykbpl45

At least Eisenhoweer had the moral courage to accept responsibility for his actions, unlike Obama.

June 13 2012 at 6:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Artie

As we are too well aware...freedom is never free. To all the veterans out there that fought in WWII (or any conflict for that matter), words cannot express how much we owe you.

June 13 2012 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
illiberal democracy

Are you not getting enough government help ?? why do you need corporate subsidies and tax cuts after you just made record profits and got a bush bail out.

June 12 2012 at 12:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
illiberal democracy

yes good ole ike balanced budgets and repubs shared the wealth, now you McCarthy witch repub tea bags like alan west. yes the top rate under Ike was 91%.... And big govt does nothing better ??? Ask yourself that when you ride the interstate highway system and imagine if the current republicans gave the contracts to Haliburton and other cronies. it wood be a boondogle like iraq.

June 12 2012 at 12:53 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
illiberal democracy

too bad they dont make republicans like IKE anymore, now all we have is more profit more free market through less taxes tea bagger repubs

June 12 2012 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sgtdjusmc

the blame is mine alone.....imagine obama saying something like this? riiiight

June 12 2012 at 4:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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illiberal democracy

Imagine republicans and their free market policies accepting fault and blame ???.. 8 years of wars and debt and a market crash. Apparently free markets and democracy means profits and less taxes and bailouts for them and we the people get poorer

June 12 2012 at 12:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
beadcat49

I'd like to hear George W. Bush and Dick Cheney say this about their incredibly stupid and reckless invasion of Iraq after we were attacked on 9/11 by Saudi Arabians!

June 12 2012 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon

Thank goodness this letter never had to be used! May those who died in this cause continue to rest in peace.

Just FYI, the sentence that says "And the push that lead to Hitler's defeat" should be "led".

June 08 2012 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIKEY

I want to thank all the brave men whom on that day and throughout that war paid the highest price so that we can enjoy the freedoms that so many of us take for granted!!!!

God Bless all our Veterans of this Nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 08 2012 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bigfootbw

Donald Trump and Sherriff Joe Arapaio are claiming Eisenhower was born in Kenya.

June 08 2012 at 10:43 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rickfatman1945

no one has said anything of the kind, moron!

June 11 2012 at 4:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Bob,Welcome

morons for sure.get a lfe,

June 13 2012 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dytimmys

Where is our next leader like Ike going to come from....Does he even exsist ?

June 07 2012 at 8:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Hi Bob,Welcome

not in our lifetime.damn sure ain't obammmma

June 13 2012 at 6:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply