D-Day: 60Th Anniversary: The Greatest Day

Every war is born with hateful qualities, like the promise of waste and cruelty. So to be considered good and honored in memory, a war must overcome its very nature, leap past means to ends. World War II remains the model Good War, and D-day, its greatest day--one of those rare hinges of history that might have bent the other way. It had taken years for the U.S. to embrace its urgent necessity and hurl itself into the battle. The invasion plan, two years in the making, was still a mad gamble; though the force was overwhelming, the outcome was never...

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