General Eisenhower’s Order of the Day

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) was the Supreme Allied Commander of the Invasion of Normandy and Assault on German forces in Europe during World War II; he would later be President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. On June 5, 1944 nearly 3 million troops, 4,000 ships, and 1,200 planes belonging to America and the other Allied forces waited in England for the order to invade the French Coast of Normandy to begin an assault on the Germans who had taken over much of Europe. Eisenhower’s Order of the Day was delivered to the 175,000-member expeditionary forces meant to invade Normandy directly on June 5, 1944, the eve of the invasion. As you read, note the language that the author uses to describe Allied forces and their opponents.

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