June 6, 1944: D-Day: Had It Gone Wrong

On this date 72 years ago General Dwight D. Eisenhower sent five military divisions by sea and three divisions by air against an area of mainland Europe held by 58 German divisions. Success, needless to say, was far from certain. While planning for success, Eisenhower also had the prudence to prepare for failure–in the form of a 65-word statement accepting full and personal responsibility in the event that the invasion had not succeed:

Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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 on 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.

Fortunately, Eisenhower never needed to read those words.

The contrast between Eisenhower, who would of course go on to be President, and the Obama administration is remarkable. Eisenhower planed for success, but nevertheless prepared for possible failure, and the assumption of personal responsibility for that failure–typically, the American people for being too stupid to understand his vision. In Obama we have a president who plans only for success, who makes no plans for failure, who consistently fails with a regularity otherwise found only in fine timepieces, and who invariably finds some factor other than himself to blame for that failure.

Many thanks to the men, both those who have passed and the few who remain alive, who made the Normandy invasion both possible and successful.

About the Author

Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

1 Comment on "June 6, 1944: D-Day: Had It Gone Wrong"

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady | June 8, 2016 at 1:33 am |

    Had D-Day gone wrong, I suspect the first atomic bombing would have been over Berlin rather than Hiroshima.

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