On the Sunday before Dday, General Charles de Gaulle flew to England from North Africa. The touchy French leader could hardly fail to be touched by the reception committee which met him: Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, Lieut. General "Beedle" Smith (busy chief of staff for busy General Dwight Eisenhower), other British and U.S. bigwigs.
On the rail trip from the airport to London, cigars and cigarets were lighted, conversation flowed smoothly. General Smith told...