Dwight Eisenhower - Supreme Commander of the Allied World War II forces in Europe.
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Dwight Eisenhower Built up American Intelligence at a Crucial Moment
More than any other president--with the possible exception of George Washington--Dwight D. Eisenhower did not need on-the-job training to understand the value of good intelligence. As Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II, Eisenhower relied heavily on Ultra, the British code-breaking operation that allowed the Allies to read encrypted German communications. At the warâs conclusion, Eisenhower said the intelligence had been âof priceless value to me.â
Letter reveals Bletchley Park code breakers secretly thanked by General Eisenhower for priceless work
A secret letter from US President Dwight D Eisenhower praising the `priceless` work of the Bletchley Park code breakers in helping to win the war went on public display for the first time. The letter was sent at the end of the WWII by General Eisenhower, who had been Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, to Sir Stewart Menzies, wartime chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, and had previously hung on the wall of the office of the Chief of MI6. It has now been put on public view, illustrating they importance the US Government placed on the work of the Bletchley Park code breakers in helping to defeat the Nazis.
Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith (book review)
Jean Edward Smith's latest book, "Eisenhower in War and Peace," traces Ike from his boyhood in Abilene, Kan., through his remarkable military career and his two terms as the U.S. president. Historians, including Smith, have made much of Eisenhower's luck as a WWII military commander, and General George S. Patton had his own nickname for Ike, "Divine Destiny." However, Ike's success resulted from far more than good fortune: His hard work, clear thinking and effective writing caught the attention of his superiors. Postings in Paris, Panama and the Philippines broadened his perspective, and he learned to deal with such imposing figures as General Douglas MacArthur.
Frances Johnson joined the Women's Army Corps in 1944, served as Eisenhower secretary
As a member of the Women's Army Corps, Frances Smith worked with three other secretaries in the office of Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower from June 1945 to May 1946, when her boss was Army chief of staff at the Pentagon in Washington. "For a man with his accomplishments, he didn't have a conceited bone in his body. He was the same to everybody and he brought people together. The war was won because Eisenhower was able to make peace among all these various countries." General George S. Patton died while Eisenhower was at the Pentagon, and Johnson had to relay the message: "That was the hardest thing I ever had to do."
Eisenhowers 4 star Army Helmet up for Auction
The kids of Eisenhower's aide de camp, Colonel Ernest "Tex" Lee, have decided to sell their dad's huge collection of the 5-star general's memorabilia. The collection is impressive: The highlight is Ike's four-star army helmet that could fetch up to $30,000. The other memorabilia items include: Ike's riding crop with a hidden dagger stuck inside; his passes to allied HQ and Strategic Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces; his personal five-star staff car flag.
Bernard Montgomery and Dwight Eisenhower bet 5 pounds over the fate of Europe
British General Bernard Montgomery took a break from reorganising he 8th Army in Italy to make a bet with American General Dwight Eisenhower, about when the war would end. Eisenhower was convinced he could march to Berlin by Christmas 1944, but Montgomery thought little of his chances. The pair agreed to settle the matter with a £5 bet and called an aide-de-camp, Colonel Ernest Lee, to write down the terms: "Agreement entered into, Oct 11, 1943, between Generals Eisenhower & Montgomery Amount £5 - General E bets war with Germany will end before Xmas 1944. Local Time." The paper is for sale.
How history would be different if D-Day invasion had failed
If the D-Day landings had not succeeded, what kind of a Europe would have prevailed? D-Day success was no sure thing and failure would have meant disaster. No-one knew this better than the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D Eisenhower. On the night of 5 June, after he'd given the order for the Allied invasion to proceed, he took a scrap of paper and wrote out the text of the press release, just in case: "Our landings have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack ... was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do."
Eisenhower Revisited - Ike: An American Hero by Michael Korda
At the height of his military career Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded more than 3 million men in the most complicated combat operation of his era. His title: Supreme Commander, something no American had ever been called. It's easy to forget that just a few years earlier, in 1940, he had been a mere lieutenant colonel. In contrast to battle-hardened Douglas MacArthur and George Patton, Ike had more experience coaching Army football teams. In the 1930s he had toiled in obscurity as MacArthur's military assistant. Toward the end of World War II someone asked MacArthur if he knew Eisenhower. His reply: "The best clerk I ever had."
Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower (Article no longer available from the original source)
Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace by Mark Perry. The two hadnt met before Pearl Harbor, but when Marshall needed a capable, energetic young planner who could help him manage the kind of war the US and her Allies would have to fight against the Axis powers, his knack for finding good leaders paid off when friends mentioned the name Eisenhower. Mark Perry takes another look at how the collaboration of these two men accomplished the defeat of the Axis powers and laid the groundwork for the postwar North Atlantic alliance.
Rare Collection of Eisenhower and WWII Documents for Sale (Article no longer available from the original source)
On June 28, 2007, Profiles in History will live up to its name as the nation's leading dealer of original historical documents by presenting for auction a rare collection of the artifacts of Dwight D. Eisenhower - Supreme Allied Commander and President of the US, the first time a collection of this kind belonging to a twentieth century president has become available. The Dwight D. Eisenhower memorabilia comes from the collection of John Trostle, a friend of Eisenhower's during his retirement. An assembly of World War II-related documents as well as signed documents by some of history's most iconic figures round out the items that will be offered.