Letter: UN's task in the wake of D-Day

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Sir: If Miles Kington (8 June) didn't have the faintest idea why it was called D-Day, why didn't he ask? Such a simple, neat and useful device.

Every military plan has to be planned ahead. You can't tell what will happen in the meanwhile, so everything is planned around D-Day and H-Hour. So, everyone has accurate and flexible documentation. D-Day in Normandy turned out to be 6 June 1944. But D-Day was the date of every operation planned; for me, for instance, D-Day happened to be 9 September 1943 when I launched at Salerno.

Yours faithfully,