D-Day anniversary: What it was like on the eve of Normandy invasion on June 5, 1944


This story was first printed on June 5, 1944, hours earlier than AP journalist Don Whitehead, who turned identified by his colleagues as “Beachhead Don” landed on Omaha Seashore in Normandy on D-Day with the first Infantry Division. The AP is republishing Whitehead’s unique report back to mark the 75th anniversary of the assault that started the liberation of France and Europe from German occupation, resulting in the tip of World Battle II.

The morale of American troops is working excessive because the huge invasion fleet prepares to maneuver by the channel to storm Hitler’s Fortress Europe.

There is not any doubt about it. Doughboys are prepared and their spirits are up. They will see the start of the tip of the battle.

It isn’t a false optimism. They know what lies forward of them, that many will die or be wounded on the seashores of Normandy. They know the Germans are going to throw every thing within the ebook at them to smash the invasion, however nonetheless they’re grimly assured.

They really feel that is the highway again house, house which most of them haven’t seen for a lot of months.

Most of them have by no means been in battle earlier than, however their ranks are toughened by a tough core of veterans who realized to battle throughout the battlegrounds of the Mediterranean.

The standard, the variability and the quantity of kit are virtually past perception.

We boarded our ship at noon after all of the troops have been loaded.

Within the backside maintain, the Military had arrange a miniature sponge-rubber mannequin of the seaside and countryside which our troops are to assault. Sprawled round it have been troopers finding out its options. They have been leaders of assault teams which is able to land on the preliminary waves.

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