By John Wukovits, Wesley K. Clark

Within the 3rd installment of the nice Generals sequence, WWII specialist John Wukovits explores Dwight D. Eisenhower's contributions to American struggle. American basic and thirty fourth president of the U.S., Eisenhower led the attack at the French coast at Normandy and held jointly the Allied devices throughout the eu crusade that undefined. The ebook finds Eisenhower's advocacy within the pre-war years of the tank, his friendships with George Patton and Fox Conner, his carrier within the Philippines with Douglas MacArthur, and his culminating role as ultimate commander of Allied forces in Europe. Wukovits skillfully demonstrates how Eisenhower's evolution as a commander, his army doctrine, and his diplomatic talents are of maximum significance in figuring out smooth struggle.

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2 Mamie finally accepted a date. 22 EISENHOWER Eisenhower never formally asked Mamie to marry him. On Valentine’s Day 1916, he simply handed her a replica of his West Point class ring, which was the custom for a graduate intending to marry. Eisenhower, attracted by the excitement offered by flying and by a fifty percent pay increase, had applied for duty with the service’s fledgling aviation arm. Mamie’s father, shocked at the appalling death rate among pilots, protested that he was not about to allow his daughter to become a widow so soon in her life.

He explained that while a good leader always took his job seriously, he rarely took himself seriously. While George Patton had been a fellow student and peer for Eisenhower, Fox Conner became an invaluable mentor who could not only instruct him but also further his career. Connor emphasized that the Versailles Peace Treaty terms made another war with Germany inevitable within a generation, that the United States would again be drawn into it, and that the commanders would have to learn how to work smoothly with allies.

2 At such an agonizing time, husband and wife turned inward rather than toward each other to deal with their own grief. Both kept their feelings, emotions, and words deeply concealed, and Eisenhower later confided in his memoirs that, “I didn’t know what to do. I blamed myself . ” for his death. However, every year following Icky’s death, Eisenhower sent yellow roses to Mamie on Icky’s birthday—yellow had been the little boy’s favorite color. The death rattled a normally imperturbable Eisenhower.

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