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Earlier this week, world leaders came together in Normandy, France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
For those who don't know, D-Day took place on June 6, 1944 in which Allied forces including Canada and the United States stormed the beaches of Normandy to fight back against Nazi-occupied France. BBC reports that at the end of the day, 156,000 Allied forces were killed. The event which was called Operation Neptune was ultimately successful, and partly due to the victory, the war ended 11 months later.
But what if we had lost that day?
Mental Floss reports that Dwight D. Eisenhower (the president of the United States at the time) had actually thought about this. He even wrote a letter that he would have sent out, had the Allies not been able to get across the English Channel. In it he says:
"Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.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."
Since the Allies were able to get across, he never had to send the letter.
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