D-Day from Dixon

Announcement
(By The Associated Press)

A dramatic 10-second interval preceded the official announcement today that the invasion had begun.

Over a trans-Atlantic radio-telephone hookup direct from supreme headquarters, allied expeditionary force, to all major press services, and broadcasting networks in the United States came the voice of Col. R. Ernest Dupuy, Gen. Eisenhower’s public relations officer.

“This is supreme headquarters, allied expeditionary force,” Dupuy said. “The text of communique No. 1 will be released to the press and radio of the United States in 10 seconds.”

Then the seconds were counted off — one, two, three . . . and finally ten.

“Under the command of General Eisenhower,” slowly read Col. Dupuy, “allied naval forces supported by strong air forces began landing allied armies this morning on the northern coast of France.”

Thus, officially, the world was told the news which it had been awaiting for months.

Dupuy began reading in Britain at exactly 7:32 a.m., Greenwich Meridian time (2:32 Central War Time.)

Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) Ju 6, 1944

D-Day images from the Boston Globe online article, Remembering D-Day, 66 Years Ago (2010) See photo article (42 images) at the link.

Chronology
(By The Associated Press)

12:37 a.m. (Eastern War Time) German news agency Transocean broadcasts that allied invasion has begun.

1:00 a.m. German DNB agency broadcasts Le Havre being bombarded violently and German naval craft fighting allied landing craft off coast.

1:56 a.m. Calais radio says “This is D-Day.”

2:31 a.m. Spokesman from Gen. Eisenhower in broadcast from London warns people of European invasion coast that “a new phase of the allied air offensive has begun” and orders them to move 22 miles inland.

3:29 a.m. Berlin radio says “first center of gravity is Caen”, big city at base of Normandy peninsula.

3:32 a.m. supreme headquarters, allied expeditionary force, announces that allied armies began landing on northern coast of France.

3:40 a.m. Shaef announces Gen. Sir Barnard L. Montgomery is in command of assault army comprising American, British, Canadians.

Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) Jun 6, 1944

Disciplined

Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, June 7 — (AP) — One of America’s best known major generals was demoted to lieutenant colonel and sent home for indicating in advance the time of D-Day.

The supreme command allowed this information to be cabled abroad today after holding it up several weeks for security reasons.

Supreme headquarters would not permit the officer’s name to be cabled. He was one of the commanders of the U.S. Air Force. An Army man of long standing, he swiftly felt the supreme axe after talking indiscreetly at a London cocktail party.

The conversation was said to have taken place almost two months ago when the invasion was expected almost daily. The general was reported to have said in the presence of several persons:

“On my honor the invasion will take place before June 15.”

His action was reported to security police by a woman guest and Gen. Eisenhower immediately ordered him reduced to  permanent rank of lieutenant colonel and sent home after an investigation.

Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) Jun 7, 1944

California Leads in Draft Dodgers
San Francisco, June 7 — (AP) —

California has more draft dodgers than any other state, one sixth of the known total for the nation, reports Lt. Col. Edward S. Shattuck, general counsel for the Selective Service, Washington, D.C.

Shattuck said yesterday that California’s total delinquencies were 5,000 out of 30,000 for the country.

Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) Jun 7, 1944

2010 D-Day post at the link — D-Day: Give Us Strength

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