What left me with my mouth hanging open is his willingness to accept unequivocal blame. Can yo imagine that in a leader today?
(As a side note: he mis-dated the letter with "July 5" instead of June. No doubt he wasn't getting much sleep at that point.)
Our landings in the Cherbourg have at this hour failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.
My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available.
The troops, the air and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do.
If any blame or fault attached to the attempt it is mine alone.