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D-Day lessons for today

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By Arthur I. Cyr

From ancient times, military professionals rightly regard amphibious invasions as especially challenging. We recognize and honor the seventy-fifth anniversary of the greatest such operation, the Allies' invasion of France in World War II, on June 6, 1944 ― D-Day.

The Normandy invasion combined thorough planning, mobilizing vast materiel, and great imagination. When the vast operation underway was announced, a U.S. newspaper highlighted a front-page drawing of invading soldiers cascading into Europe, as a terrified Hitler fled. A year of extremely brutal, almost continuous combat lay ahead, but the end of Nazi Germany was in sight once the beaches were secured.

The leadership of Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower was crucial. Ike demonstrated great executive ability in supervising the enormous logistics, and brilliant interpersonal skill that welded and held together the most diverse military alliance in history.

Remarkably, he was able to establish........

© The Korea Times