The Forge of Victory: The Forge of Victory

JUNE 6, 1944 was a dour, windswept day on the English Channel—and the decisive moment of World War II was hard at hand. The Combined Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. and Britain had issued a directive to Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower: "You will enter the Continent of Europe and . . . undertake operations aimed at the heart of Germany and the destruction of her armed forces." Eisenhower looked at the lowering sky and made his fateful decision to go ahead. Now to the captive peoples of Western Europe came his...

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