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    Eisenhower, Dwight D. Extraordinary typed letter signed ("Dwight D. Eisenhower") as Supreme Allied Commander, 1-page (8 x 10 in.; 203 x 254 mm), on "Supreme Headquarters, ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Office of the Supreme Commander" letterhead stationery, 8 June 1944, written to "Clr. F.W. Wagstaff, J.P., C.C. / Town Hall / Clacton." Usual folds with slight toning on edges. Two days after D-Day, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower writes: "The United Nations have made a landing on the soil of France. This is the beginning of the next phase to liberate the peoples of Europe who have now suffered under Nazi oppression for nearly five years..." Eisenhower writes in full: Dear Mr. Wagstaff: Thank you for your letter. I am happy to send a message for your "Salute the Soldier" Week. I hope the following will suit your purpose. "As Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force I take the opportunity of your "Salute the Soldier" Week to send greetings to the people of Clacton and to make an appeal to you on behalf of the Armed Forces. The United Nations have made a landing on the soil of France. This is the beginning of the next phase to liberate the peoples of Europe who have now suffered under Nazi oppression for nearly five years. This must be the signal for one thing only, namely, unrelenting effort and even greater determination on the part of every individual of the United Nations no matter in what capacity he or she may be serving, until victory is won. Clacton has been a front line town since 1939. Therefore you know the necessity of ensuring that the Armed Forces lack nothing in arms and equipment to enable them to deliver the final blow to the enemy. Make this the greatest success of all your campaigns. Good luck in reaching your target." Clacton-on-Sea is located about 60 miles NE of London on the British coast, just 75 miles or so from the French coast across the Strait of Dover. The Normandy Invasion took place farther west down the northern coast of France, to the east of Cherbourg. It was history's largest amphibious landing, following four months of heavy bombing of rail and road targets in France. The Normandy coast was chosen over the more obvious Pas de Calais area, though an elaborate deception plan increased German suspicions that Calais was the invasion coast. Therefore, Clacton was, as Eisenhower states, "a front line town since 1939". From the collection of William J. Bell.

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