STRENUOUS FIGHT YET, IKE WARNS AMERICAN PUBLIC

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STRENUOUS FIGHT YET, IKE WARNS AMERICAN PUBLIC

From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Allied troops face a strenuous fight for every foot of ground taken from the Germans in the immediate future, Gen. Eisenhower warned in a sobering response to a rising tide of optimism among the people of the United Nations.

Admitting his satisfaction with the taking of Caen and the Russian gains at Vilna, the Supreme Allied Commander warned, however, that future operations right around the perimeter of enemy defenses would involve heavy fighting and resultant heavy losses.

Speaking wryly of bad weather which has hampered Allied air activity, Eisenhower observed that he never knew anybody as lucky in that respect as the Germans since D-Day. He praised the Allied air forces for what he called a marvelous achievement despite adverse weather.

Eisenhower said in reply to a query as to whether President Roosevelt planned an early trip to the ETO that he knew nothing about it.



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Soldiers of the US 79th Infantry Division with German prisoners of war after the liberation of Cherbourg.



For Further Reading Check Out:

The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower


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