Eisenhower's failure message for D-Day

Linschoten

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Aug 2010
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Welsh Marches
Eisenhower drew up this announcememt to be released in case the allied forces failed to gain a foothold on D-Day:

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" Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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



Note that he got the month wrong!
 

MG1962a

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Mar 2019
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Kansas
" Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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 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."

Note that he got the month wrong!
You have to respect a guy thats prepared to own it.
 

Kotromanic

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Dec 2011
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You have to respect a guy thats prepared to own it.
The relationship between George Marshall and Eisenhower was such that Eisenhower was pre-emptively relieving Marshall of any blame, and this note is clearly protective of the military as a whole. The "if any fault..." construction is written in awareness that newspapers would be assigning blame in the contingency.
 
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MG1962a

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Mar 2019
2,011
Kansas
The relationship between George Marshall and Eisenhower was such that Eisenhower was pre-emptively relieving Marshall of any blame, and this note is clearly protective of the military as a whole. The "if any fault..." construction is written in awareness that newspapers would be assigning blame in the contingency.
But it is refreshing. So many 'great' leaders have blamed everyone BUT themselves for their failures