King George VI's letter to Churchill
|Virgin and Paratroopers, St. Mere Eglise|
The Allied landings were a tremendous success despite substantial casualties, particularly on Omaha beach. The Allies secured a firm beachhead from which the liberation of France could proceed.
Winston Churchill knew, of course, about the Allied D-day plans. He dreaded that D-Day might turn out to be another disaster the way that another seaborne invasion, Gallipoli, (his idea) in the first world war had been. He wanted to go ashore on D-day itself. It was only a direct intervention by King George VI (The King's Speech) that dissuaded Winston from landing on D-day.
Above you will see a letter dated May 31, 1944 from King George VI arguing that Churchill reconsider his plan to hit the beaches together on June 6. "A change of Sovereign" and Prime Minister would not be a good idea.
I will allow Ronald Reagan with some help from Peggy Noonan to tell you about the Rangers of Pointe du Hoc (see below).
Reagan on 6/6/84 (40th Anniversary)