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President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)
Activities during World War II, 1941-1945

This page features selected views of General Eisenhower's wartime activities, through "V-E" Day, 7 May 1945.


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Photo #: SC 186341

General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, British Army
(left), and
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army (left center)

Use field glasses to inspect installations around Messina, Sicily, 30 August 1943. They appear to be looking at enemy-held territory on the Italian mainland, across the Strait of Messina.
Photographed by Longini.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-58290

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army


On board a British small craft, while returning from a destroyer in Naples Harbor, Italy.
Taken by USS Biscayne (AVP-11). The photograph was received by the Navy Photo Science Laboratory on 2 March 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-368078

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army


Inspects USS Quincy (CA-71) at Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland, 18 May 1944, shortly the Normandy Invasion. Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk is following immediately behind.
Note Fleet Marine Force "seahorse" shoulder patch worn by the Marine at right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-231642

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army
(left), with
Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, USN (center) and
Rear Admiral Morton L. Deyo, USN

On board USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) on 19 May 1944, during preparations for the Normandy invasion.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-352914

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army

(at right on the speakers' platform)

Addresses the crew of USS Texas (BB-35), circa late May or early June 1944, just prior to the Normandy invasion.
At the extreme left of the platform is Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, Commander Task Force 122.
Note the 40mm twin gun mount at left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: SC 191528

U.S. Chiefs of Staff Visit the Normandy Beachhead, June 1944


General Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army, (lower left center) chats with (from left center to right): General Henry H. Arnold, USAAF, Admiral Ernest J. King, USN, and General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army, as they travel on board a landing craft to the coast of France to inspect the Normandy beachhead.
Photograph is dated 14 June 1944, but was probably taken a few days earlier.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

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Photo #: USA C-2337 (Color)

Surrender of Germany, May 1945

Senior Allied delegates celebrate at Rheims, France, on 7 May 1945, shortly after General Eisenhower had addressed the German mission, who had just signed the unconditional surrender document.
Present are (from left to right, in front):
General Susloparoff (Soviet Union);
Lieutenant General Walter B. Smith, U.S. Army;
General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army (holding pens used to sign the surrender document); and
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, Royal Air Force.
Behind the Soviet General is British General Morgan.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

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Photo #: USA C-2342 (Color)

Surrender of Germany, May 1945

General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army (left); and Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, Royal Air Force, address the World via motion picture and sound recordings, shortly after the German mission had signed the instrument of unconditional surrender, at Rheims, France, 7 May 1945.
Note the United States, British, U.S. General of the Army and SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force) flags behind them.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

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