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The Leaders of D-Day
Military.com | June 05, 2007

"You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world." ~ General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Read about the famous people that lead the Invasion of Normandy. The invasion of Normandy and its defense involved some of history's best-known generals. From logistics planning to tactical fighting, these leaders forged the shape of D-Day.


Gen. Omar Bradley
Bradley rose to the rank of major during WWI, while serving in the 14th Infantry Regiment. After WWI, he fulfilled a number of duties, including Assistant Secretary...  More...


Lt. Gen. Miles Dempsey
Because of his strategic acumen, Montgomery selected Dempsey to command the 2nd Army in the invasion of Normandy, which was comprised of both Canadian...  More...


Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
When the United States into WWII, Eisenhower took over the Army War Plans Division to draft a basic strategy for the war against the Axis. As a result of his efforts...  More...


Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory
Leigh-Mallory, as AEAF Commander in charge of all tactical airforces based in England, was characteristically outspoken in support of his "Transportation Plan"...  More...


Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery
His maxim of ‘training, training and more training’ combined with a penchant for organization helped rebuild and refit the British Army and helped alleviate the fears that Britain...  More...


Adm. Bertram H. Ramsay
Ramsay's experience in commanding invasion fleets made him Eisenhower's natural choice to lead the naval forces in Operation Overlord. Despite Ramsay's concerns...  More...


Gen. Carl Spaatz
Ultimately, Spaatz, under the guise of following Eisenhower's number one directive, destruction of the Luftwaffe, used the strategic forces under his command to direct attacks against Axis...  More...


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