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Front page of the Northern Ireland edition announcing D-Day.
Front page of the Northern Ireland edition announcing D-Day. (Stars and Stripes)

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force announced this morning that Allied naval forces, supported by Allied air forces, began landing Allied armies this morning on the northern coast of France.

The official communique states – “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.”

The communique was issued by Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, and was marked Communique No. 1.

Gen. Eisenhower’s order to the troops stated:

“You are about to embark upon the great crusade towards which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”

Before the assaulting troops embarked, each man was handed a copy of the Order of the Day from Gen. Eisenhower.

This article appears as it did in the print edition of Stars and Stripes.

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