Although the Normandy Invasion faced great obstacles, Operation Overlord was a success and turned the tide of the war. But on June 5, before the offensive, General Eisenhower knew that this cross-channel invasion may fail. He prepared a statement in the event that the Allied invasion did not succeed and the troops were forced to retreat. Eisenhower knew he would be held responsible, and he was ready to take the blame. While history books record the Normandy Invasion a victory for the Allied forces, it is common to forget the consequences of an alternative outcome, when failure is still a possibility. Eisenhower’s experience as a soldier taught him to always prepare for both outcomes and all the consequences that accompany defeat. This speech he wrote was never given, but it’s important to not ignore the “what ifs” that soldiers, generals, and field nurses experience the night before a battle, even a victorious one.