Today in Military History: June 6, 1944; Operation Overlord

On June 6, 1944, after several weather delays, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower approves the invasion of Europe, called Operation Overlord or D-Day. The mission was the largest amphibious landing in history involving over 2,700 ships and 15,000 US and allied planes in support of the invasion.

Here is an excerpt of Gen. Eisenhower’s message that day:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a 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 our 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. 

To listen or read the rest of Gen. Eisenhower’s message click here.