World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF FRANCE: Supreme Commander

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On D-day plus one—Wednesday—General Dwight David Eisenhower felt justified in leaving his advanced command post in England long enough for his first close look at how the invasion was going. Boarding a British cruiser, he steamed along the invasion coast for four and a half hours, held conferences with his operational commanders.

He sat first with his top naval chiefs, British Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay and U.S. Rear Admiral Alan Kirk. Then Ground Forces Commander General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery came aboard, in his favorite battle dress of fleece-lined jacket and corduroy trousers. After Monty had made...

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