04:00 – June 5, 1944

General Eisenhower gives the go-ahead for the invasion. The plan drawn up expected 132,715 troops to be landed on five beaches with 23,400 paratroopers to be dropped further inland. 6,483 ships were involved.

In case the invasion fails, Eisenhower prepares a statement that reads:

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Harve area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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 on the best information available. If any blame or fault attaches to this attempt, it is mine alone.”

Gen Eisenhower addressing US Paratroopers prior to D-Day.

Gen Eisenhower addressing US Paratroopers prior to D-Day.

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