Some time ago, I asked a young couple walking along a sidewalk at one of our local colleges what they thought about D-Day. The response was blank. So, I asked what about Operation Overlord? The same response. The couple were not foreign students but were from the nearby town. When I briefly explained, the answer was given; “Oh, yea, that.”
Oh, yea, that.
This article will continue along a route of assumed knowledge, for it’s near impossible to explain the scope of Operation Overlord in a one-page essay. Suffice it to say. It was a world-changing day, the full effects of which have yet to be fully realized, some seventy-five years later.
It was the beginning of the end of the Third Reich, the thousand reign of Nazi Germany, the annihilation of every Jew on the face of the earth and the mindless slaughter of millions of others. A veteran of this battle called it “The first nail in Hitler’s coffin.” And so it was.
According to the U.S. National Memorial Foundation, the dead are listed as 2,499 American fatalities, 1914 Allied fatalities with over 10,000 casualties. The first nail was bought and paid for with the blood of allied soldiers.
Just before the launching of the force, the Commander of the Allies, General Dwight David Eisenhower broadcast to the troops:
“You are about to embark on the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle.” Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. June 6, 1944.
The General reminded the troops of the long days of preparation, the utter importance of the battle, that in reality, the eyes of the world, their loved ones back home were praying and watching. He did something else that all leaders must always be doing; reminding those under his or her command, of the leader's full confidence in the loyalty, courage, and devotion to duty and the skills they have sharpened in preparation for the day.
Jesus Christ does much the same when He reminds Christians in the battle for the minds and hearts of humans, “In the world you will have tribulation, be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” By these words, He assures us of His confidence in His power in our life.
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