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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Nothing Less Than Full Victory

So that's why they gave us ice cream.

 - Wild Bill Guarnere, 101st Airborne

What might've been:

Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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

Ike put that message (misdated "July 5") into his wallet, because we only know in hindsight that the massive operation worked.  Which, of course, strengthened our relationship with Germany.


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