and it could teach today's politicians a thing or two!
This is the historic speech the free world did not want to hear - and, thankfully, didn't.
Hastily scribbled on piece of paper, Allied supremo General Dwight D. Eisenhower jotted down what he planned to say had D-Day, which was 70 years ago tomorrow, been a disaster.
The little-known document, known as 'In Case of Failure', was quickly drafted by the commander of Operation Overlord in the event of the landings ending in bloody failure.
The 66-word script reveals the U.S. general and Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill would have withdrawn the thousands of troops from the Normandy beaches rather than let them fight to the death.
It also shows Eisenhower, who went on to become president in 1953, would have accepted the full blame for the unimaginable defeat at the hands of the Nazis.
In the event, the Normandy landings were a success and ultimately led to the beginning of the end of the Second World War.
Eisenhower gave the note to his adjutant officer five weeks after D-Day and it is has been held by the Eisenhower Presidential Library for the last 30 years.