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In Case of Failure message

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This is a copy of the original “In Case of Failure” message which is displayed in the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene, Kansas. It is printed on acid-free, heavy stock paper.

On the night of June 5, 1944, Eisenhower wrote this note to be broadcast in case the invasion failed, assuming total responsibility for the failure. Being exhausted, he mis-dated the note, July 5. After the landings were successful, he "disposed" of the note. His naval Aide, Captain Harry Butcher, rescued the note and recommended it be saved. It is known that Eisenhower also wrote similar notes prior to major campaigns, assuming responsibility if they failed, but this is the only note that has survived.

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