Supreme Commander

Dwight D. Eisenhower was 51 years old in the spring of 1942. He was a two-star major general, but he had never commanded on a battlefield. Throughout his career, however, he had shown an ability to bring staff together. He was skilled at planning and organizing. He impressed his superiors with the high quality of his work. In June, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall sent Eisenhower to London, England, to command U.S. forces in Europe. World War II had been raging in Europe since 1939. Great Britain was the last Western European nation fighting to resist Germany’s domination. Eisenhower was ordered to

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