June 9, 1944

Invasion of France Not Included in New Numbers
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The War and Navy Departments released yesterday updated numbers for U.S. war casualties, which now total 217,131. The total casualty number is an increase of over ten thousand from just two weeks ago. Of the total casualties, 48,754 are dead. This updated total does not include casualties of the invasion of France; that total is not yet known and not expected for another two or three weeks. Despite the unknown number of casualties, confident praise comes today—D-Day plus three—from Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ike’s appraisal of the first fifty-four hours of the invasion states his faith in Allied forces was “…completely justified…” and the ground forces, commanded by General Sir Bernard Montgomery, were “…performing magnificently.”

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