D day Normandy Invasion FrontPage Newspaper Headlines June 6 1944 WWII
This is copied from the original Front Page of the Mason county's Daily Newspaper - - Point Pleasant West Virginia Tuesday June 6, 1944. It was given to me by my parents who saved it. I donated the paper to the UNCA archives.
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PRAYERS OF WORLD ARE WITH ALLIED FORCES LANDING IN FRANCE
BY HOWARD COWAN
WITH UNITED STATES PARACHUTE TROOPS, JUNE 6 (1944) (AP) --American paratroopers -studded with battle-hardened veterans of the Sicilian and Italian campaigns - landed behind Hitler's Atlantic wall today to plant the first blow of the long-awaited western front squarely in the enemy's vitals.
The Allies' toughest, wiriest men of war cascaded from faintly moonlit skies in an awesome operation.
Twin-engine C-4s - sisters of America's standard airline flagships - bore the human cargo across the skies, simultaneously towing troop laden CG4A gliders to merge in a single sledgehammer blow paving the way for frontal assault forces.
Armed with weapons from the most primitive to the most modern, the paratroopers' mission was to disrupt and demoralize the German's communications inside the Nazis' own lines.
There was no immediate indication that their dynamite and flashing steel and well-aimed fire was succeeding in the execution of plans rehearsed for months in preparation for the liberation of occupied Europe.
The steel-helmeted ankle-booted warriors wore a Red, white, and Blue American flag insignia on the sleeve and camouflaged green-splotched battle dress.
PERSING CONFIDENT OF VICTORY FOR OUR MEN
WASHINGTON - JUNE 6 (1944)- (AP) - Gen. John J. Pershing, who commanded the American armies in France in the World War, issued the following statement following the announcement that anew Expeditionary Force had landed in France.
"American troops have landed in western Europe.
As the overmastering military might of the Allies advances it will be joined by the men of the occupied countries, whose land has been overrun by the enemy but whose spirit remains unconquered.
"Twenty six years ago American soldiers, in cooperation with their Allies, were locked in mortal combat with the German enemy. Their march of victory was never halted until the enemy laid down his arms in defeat. The American soldier of 1917-1918, fighting in a war of liberation, wrote by his deeds one of the most glorious pages of military history.
"Today, the sons of American soldiers of 1917-1918 are engaged in a like war of liberation. It is their task to bring freedom to the peoples who have been enslaved. I have every confidence that they together with their gallant brothers-in-arms will win through to victory.
CHURCH BELLS TOLL IN CITY TODAY
This morning at about 4:10 when this writer received news of the invasion and started for the office, first telephones sounded, then lights lit the homes, whistles blew, and Church bells rang. the Church bells beckoned all to the open church doors where many knelt in prayer.
There was not much excitement in the streets until the merchants opened their places of business. In the early hours of the morning shadows were cast from the street lamps and now and then a figure appeared and disappeared toward the church. Then back to their homes again to keep their ears to the radio from which news has not stopped since the start of the invasion.
The people have expected it for sometime but when it really comes its a shock to everyone. At six-thirty someone came to the Register Office and said. "My Goodness is the Invasion on?" and some yelled "It certainly is." The Speaker, "Why if I'd known that I'd have gone up to the church." The reply he received was simply "The Church is still Open."
The Berlin Radio broadcast a DNB dispatch today saying that one Allied Cruiser and large landing vessel carrying troops had been sunk in the area of St. Vaast La Hougue, 15 miles Southeast of Cherbourg.
Greatest Military Plan In History Beginning Today To Free Enslaved Europe
by West Gallagher
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, JUNE 6 (AP) - Allied Forces landed in northern France early today in history's greatest overseas operation designed to destroy the power of Hitler's Germany and wrest enslaved Europe from the Nazis.
The German radio said the landings were made from Le Havre to Cherbourg, along the north coast of Normandy and the south side of the bay of the Seine.
Allied headquarters did not specify the locations, but left no doubt whatever that the landings were on a gigantic scale.
Ringing in their ears, the American, British, and Canadian Forces who made the landings had these words from their supreme commander, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"You are about to embark on a great crusade. The eyes of the world are upon you and the hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people go with you.
"We will accept nothing less than full victory."
The German radio filled the "air with invasion flashes for three hours before the formal allied announcement came at 7:32 A.M. Greenwich Mean time (3:32 A. M., Eastern War Time)
It acknowledge deep penetrations of the Cherbourg peninsula by allied parachute and glider troops in great strength.
the assault was supported by gigantic bombardments from Allied warships and planes which the Germans admitted set the coastal areas ablaze.
A senior officer at Supreme Headquarters said rough water caused "Awful Anxiety" for the sea borne troops but that the landings were made successfully although some soldiers were undoubtedly seasick.
The sun broke, through heavy clouds periodically this morning after daybreak shower. the wind had blown fairly hard during the night but moderate somewhat with the dawn. The weather outlook remained somewhat unsettled.
Supreme Headquarters first communiqué was this single sentence:
"Under the command of General Eisenhower, Allied Naval Forces supported by strong Air Forces began landing Allied Armies this morning on the Northern Coast of France ."
It was announced moments later that Britain's Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, hero of the Eighth Army victories in North Africa, Sicily and Italy , was in charge of the assault.
A Senior Officer at headquarters said the times of the landing varied to take advantage of the various tide stages at different beaches. Except for the Airborne Troops, the first landing times varied from 6 A. M. to 8:25 A. M., British double summer time (midnight to 2:25 A. M. Eastern War Time)
Although the Germans almost immediately announced that the grand assault had started. Eisenhower delayed his announcement, in order to make absolutely certain the landings had taken hold before saying anything.
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