By early 1944, the burdens laid upon the shoulders of Dwight Eisenhower as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces were immense.   He was a four-star general who only a few years earlier (1941) had held the rank of Lt Colonel.  He had no actual combat experience, and until the North Africa campaign, had not directly tasted the bitter pill of war.  Yet, because of his organizational capabilities, and his sublimely effective manner dealing with people–including mega-egos like those of Montgomery, De Gaulle, and Churchill–he was the best man for the job of leading the allies in 1944 and 1945.  George Patton was certainly one of the finest Allied field commanders, but because of his ego, self-righteousness, and desire for engaged battle, he most likely would have made a terrible Supreme Commander.  As it was, due to the famous slapping incidents and his inability to control his comments to the press, his major job related to Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe, was as public relations front man and commander of a decoy Ghost Army at Dover.  He was indeed fortunate to have been assigned a real army after D-Day.  This was also fortunate for the Allies, as he and his Third Army were heroes of the Battle of the Bulge.


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