The General Dwight D Eisenhower Story
Narrated by Raymond Massey
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Narrated by Raymond Massey with an introduction by Oscar winner & World War 2 vet, Walter Mathau. After graduating from West point in 1915, "Ike" didn't see combat in World War I, though he gained valuable experience in training & command in the new Tank Corps. Between the Wars, his intellect and organizational skills led to a series of commands & promotions, eventually to War Plans under Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall, who knew a fine officer when he saw one. On June 23, 1942, he was made Commanding General, European Theater of Operations. In November 1942, he was also appointed Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force of the North African Theater of Operations and In February 1943, his authority was extended as commander of AFHQ to include the British Eighth Army, During the successful campaign, he gained invaluable experience in strategy and tactics as well as managing a diverse group of often contentious subordinates. In December 1943 Ike was made Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He resumed command of ETOUSA and the following month was made the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) He was charged with planning and carrying out the Normandy Invasion in June 1944, the liberation of Western Europe and the invasion of Germany. In December 20, 1944, he was promoted to General of the Army, equivalent to the rank of Field Marshal. In addition to strategic planning & command Ike did a remarkable job of managing the fractious coalition of nations and personalities that made up the Allied Forces in Europe, one of his greatest achievements. After the War, Eisenhower was made Military Governor of the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany. In November 1945 he replaced Marshall as Chief of Staff of the Army. In 1948, Eisenhower became President of Columbia University In 1952 Ike returned to service as Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In 1952 he successfully ran for the Office of President of the United States,
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