"In Case of Failure" Message
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Drafted (and misdated) by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 5, 1944, this message was written in the event that the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day failed. Eisenhower asks that all blame for the failure be laid at his feet.
TranscriptOur landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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 upon 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.
This primary source comes from the Collection DDE-EPRE: Eisenhower, Dwight D: Papers, Pre-Presidential.
National Archives Identifier: 186470Full Citation: "In Case of Failure" Message Drafted by General Dwight Eisenhower in Case the D-Day Invasion Failed; 1944; Principal Files, 1916 - 1952; Collection DDE-EPRE: Eisenhower, Dwight D: Papers, Pre-Presidential; Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Abilene, KS. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/in-case-of-failure, April 25, 2017]
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