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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • D-Day

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  • It is hard to believe that 70 years has passed since the Allies scored a decisive defeat on the shores of Normandy against Hitler and the other Axis Powers on June 6, 1944. The commanding General of the time Dwight D. Eisenhower initially selected June 5th, but fortunately he consulted a British Commander and his meteorological team and concluded that due to bad weather conditions, Eisenhower's date was unsuitable and that June 6 was finally agreed-on. Fake diversions were made to mislead the Germans to believe that The Allies would strike in other locations. So, the real "thanks" for the Victory go to skilled weathermen, brave Allied soldiers and a German military with their own blend of misjudgment and overconfidence. Largely due to this foothold on the Europe mainland ultimately led to Hitler's defeat in World War II. Had it failed, the whole war itself might have had a totally different outcome. I salute all WWII veterans. Their tireless efforts allow us to celebrate D-Day some 70 years later. Now, the phrase "D-Day" has entered our culture as a phrase to denote any day of importance. But, no date in modern history has been more important as far as in decision-making as was "the REAL D-Day" of June 6, 1944.
    — James A. Marples, Esbon
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