The Invasion: 16229: Jun. 12, 1944

The commander of a U.S. base in England said to his airmen: "May I have your attention, please? This is what we have been waiting for. This is invasion morning." His young men went out to their planes, and up into the Channel dawn.

A London cabbie cocked his white head and his Homburg toward the sky. The dawn hid a mighty lot of bombers, and their extra thunder told him: "Something is up!"

One of Britain's "old contemptibles," from the France of Ypres and the Somme, heard that the armies and the fleets were crossing the Channel again, and said:...

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