Monday, June 17, 2013

The D-Day Letter that Eisenhower Never Sent

On the eve of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, General Eisenhower recognized that victory was far from certain. He wrote a letter that he would send if the invasion failed. It stated:

Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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

Here is the letter in Ike’s hand writing. (Note: He got the date wrong).

There’s a lesson here about leadership. When your efforts fail, you don’t blame others. You take responsibility. Here is an article making this point from the Lebanon (PA) Daily News.

Here is Ike’s message to the troops prior to the invasion.

Thnx to Sen. Toomey (PA)


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