World Battlefronts: Ike's Tour

Solemn-faced Yank infantrymen in Normandy looked up in astonishment as a wide-smiling officer leaned out of a speeding jeep and waved. The doughboys did not know whether to wave back, salute, or just yell; some contrived to do all three. They looked at one another and grinned: "The Old Man himself."

It was indeed the Old Man: Supreme Commander Eisenhower. In a five-day tour he traveled the battle area from the British-Canadian wing in the east to the westernmost American positions, visited air, ground and airborne forces, conferred with his top commanders, including General...

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