Hard Luck Stories – Neil Young – Landing On Water

  • Posted on March 1, 2018 at 5:48 AM

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The huge seaborn invasion involved some 156,000 troops, along with hundreds of warships and aircraft, and yet the British general’s plan, labelled ‘Most Secret’, fitted onto a single scrap of paper. The document has been released from the Imperial War Museum’s archive, along with a handwritten first draft of ‘Monty’s’ speech to the troops, to mark the anniversary of D-Day. Montgomery was one of the key figures on D-Day as commander of the 21st Army Group which initially controlled all the ground forces – US, British, Canadian and others – in Operation Overlord to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany in the Second World War. The battle plan, scrawled on a side of paper, breaks down the armed forces into separate sections, lists the special armoured vehicles to be used by the first units ashore and notes that ‘The key note of everything to be SIMPLICITY’.

And in the draft of the prominent general’s speech, which was read out by officers to their men just before the invasion, reveals how he wanted to inspire the troops by telling them how ‘the time has come to deal the enemy a terrific blow in western Europe’. The message, which he altered as he was writing it, ends: ‘Good luck to each one of you. And good hunting on the mainland of Europe. How splendid to be rid of my Hun name!