Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force

Soldiers, sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You're about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with the brave allies and brothers-in-arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offense has seriously reduce their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have been given us and overwhelming superiority in weapons and new nations of war, and placed in our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your coverage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of all mighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

this was given about July first 1944 somewhere in France

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