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What the miracle in Ukraine shares with Normandy and Vicksburg

Editor’s note: The following column was first published on Gingrich360.com

As I watch various pundits and officials express frustration over the seemingly slow progress of the Ukrainian campaign, I’m reminded that some of history’s greatest military victories were long, slow, and grinding. 

They weren’t all won with sweeping cavalry attacks, thundering tank maneuvers, explosive dog fights, or other dramatic movements. Many were slow, painful, methodical, determined drives.

Two conflicts specifically come to mind: The Battle of Vicksburg in the Civil War and breaking out in Normandy during World War II. 

He was – and remains – wrong. 

We should have more faith in Ukrainian courage and the willingness of free people to fight tyranny – and a little less faith in our comfortable armchair critics back home.

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Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-1999 and a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He is chairman of Gingrich 360.

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