June 6, 1944: D-Day: Had It Gone Wrong

On this date 72 years ago General Dwight D. Eisenhower sent five military divisions by sea and three divisions by air against an area of mainland Europe held by 58 German divisions. Success, needless to say, was far from certain. While planning for success, Eisenhower also had the prudence to prepare for failure–in the form of a 65-word statement accepting full and personal responsibility in the event that the invasion had not succeed: Our landings …

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