GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER HAND-SIGNED TYPESCRIPT OF THE D-DAY INVASION ORDER OF THE DAY ON JUNE 6, 1944:
"SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND AIRMEN OF THE ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE!...THE HOPES AND PRAYERS OF LIBERTY-LOVING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE MARCH WITH YOU...WE WILL ACCEPT NOTHING LESS THAN FULL VICTORY...."
Dwight D. Eisenhower Rare Hand-Signed Typescript of the D-Day Invasion 'Order of the Day' on June 6, 1944, "Dwight D. Eisenhower", 6 x 9.25, removed from one of Eisenhower's limited edition Crusade in Europe books, signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by Eisenhower. This order was issued by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to encourage Allied soldiers taking part in the D-day invasion of June 6, 1944. Almost immediately after France fell to the Nazis in 1940, the Allies planned a cross-Channel assault on the German occupying forces, ultimately code-named Operation Overlord. By May 1944, 2,876,000 Allied troops were amassed in southern England. The largest armada in history, made up of more than 4,000 American, British, and Canadian ships, lay in wait, and more that 1,200 planes stood ready. Against a tense backdrop of uncertain weather forecasts, disagreements in strategy, and related timing dilemmas, Eisenhower decided before dawn to proceed with Overlord. His printed Order of the Day for June 6, 1944 was distributed to the expeditionary force on the eve of the invasion. The order reads, in part: "Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces: You are 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...But this is the year 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 offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and place at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned...We will accept nothing less than full Victory !...." Comes with a dramatic 10 x 8, glossy B/W photo showing Eisenhower talking with the troops before the invasion. Both items are in fine condition, with a faint block of toning on the typescript from prior display.