Wednesday open thread—D-Day
There are very few moments where the world hangs in the balance. June 6, 1944 was just one of those days, as the Western Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to open the Western Front against the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler.
What if it had gone wrong? What if it had failed. Reams of paper have been used to write counterfactuals to the way history actually went. (The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick, is one such work.) Although the Nazis were already being hammered by the Soviets and probably would have still lost the war, we could have seen a very different Europe, possibly one under Soviet domination. D-Day was about more than Hitler; it was about what shape the world would take after Hitler.
For today and tomorrow, an interview conducted by Walter Cronkite on the 20th anniversary of the Normandy landings with President Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied commander on that fateful day.
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