The time has
come to deal the enemy a terrific blow in Western Europe.
The blow will be struck by the combined sea, land and air forces
of the Allies together constituting one great Alled team, under
the supreme command of General Eisenhower.
On the eve
of this great adventure I send my best wishes to every soldier
in the Allied team.
To us is given the honour of striking a blow for freedom which
will live in history; and in the better days that lie ahead men
will speak with pride of our doings. We have a great and a righteous
Let us pray that " The Lord Mighty in Battle " will
go forth with our armies, and that His special providence will
aid us in the struggle.
I want every
soldier to know that I have complete confidence in the successful
outcome of the operations that we are now about to begin.
With stout hearts, and with enthusiasm for the contest, let us
go forward to victory.
And, as we
enter the battle, let us recall the words of a famous soldier
spoken many years ago :
" He either fears his fate
Or his deserts are small,
Who dare not put it to the touch,
To win or lose it all. "
to each one of you. And good hunting on the main land of Europe.