General Dwight D. Eisenhower on DDay Facts - WWII History

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Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower, 53, Texas born, Texas reared previously Allied commander of the forces in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy .


SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, JUNE 6 (AP) - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower the supreme allied commander, went on the air this invasion day telling the people of Europe the grand assault on the continent had begun and "all patriots, young and old, will have a part to play in the Liberation."

He pleaded against premature uprising saying, "be patient, prepare. Wait until I give you the signal.":

He was followed by King Haako nof Norway who broadcast special orders to both organized and unorganized resistance groups in Norway  but warned his people not to rise against the Germans prematurely.

It was announced that Gen. Charles De Gaulle, who had just arrived in London , would broadcast a message to the people of France  later in the day.

Earlier in the day the BBC had broadcast Communiqué No. 1 from Invasion headquarters, first in English and then in French and immediately thereafter sounded an "Alert" to the peoples of Norway, the Netherlands , Belgium  andDenmark .