Allied leaders, clockwise from top left are: Lieutenant-General Omar Bradley, Commander, 1st US Army; Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Naval Commander-in-Chief; Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Air Commander-in-Chief; Lieutenant-General Walter Bedell Smith, Chief of Staff; General Sir Bernard Montgomery, Commander, 21st Army Group (all Allied land forces); General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander; Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, Deputy Supreme Commander.
[Photo] American troops aboard a landing craft en route to the beaches near Oran, Algeria, 8 Nov 1942
Ce était un jour de tempête quand les Alliés débarquent sur les plages de Normandie.Il est possible que les Etats-Unis pourrait avoir perdu moins d'hommes si le temps ne était pas mauvais.
Lieutenant general Omar N. Bradley, commander of the U.S. land forces in France, is shown in a happy mood as he illustrates his remarks with a map at first press conference for correspondents on the beachhead "somewhere in Normandy" = [Le général Omar Bradley enthousiaste lors de la première confèrence de presse donnée devant les correspondants de guerre sur le front normand].
Gen Joseph Warren Stilwell (1883 – 1946) was a US Army four-star general known for service in the China Burma India Theater during WW2. His caustic personality was reflected in the nickname "Vinegar Joe". In Oct 1944, Stilwell was recalled from his command, partly as a result of controversy concerning the casualties suffered by U.S. forces in Burma and partly due to continuing difficulties with the British and Chinese commanders. Stilwell died after surgery for liver cancer on October 12…
GenLt Richard Heidrich and Feldmarschall Albert Kesselring, approx. 1943 (Heidrich was awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross in February 1944 which can't be seen here).
Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) firing a German-made combination rifle-shotgun with telescopic sight, during a tour of the third Army in Europe shortly before the German capitulation, 1945. Looking on is Omar Bradley (1893 - 1981) Commanding General of the 1st and 12th U.S. Army Groups. (Photo by US Army Signal Corps/FPG/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Matthew Bunker Ridgway (1895-1993) Ridgway planned the July 9, 1943, midnight assault on Sicily, the first nighttime airborne assault in U.S. history. The following year, 1944, he was in command of the XVIII Airborne Corps, directing the Allied assault through the Netherlands, Belgium, and on into Germany. His units overran 5,000 square miles of enemy held terrain, taking 500,000 German POW's.
Major Generals Matthew Ridgway and James "Jumping Jim" Gavin confer during the Battle of the Bulge. It was Gavin's paratroopers who put up stiff resistance to the German onslaught and effectively held the line. Note how Ridgway has grenades hooked to his harness (as well as a shoulder holster, only the cross-chest strap of which is visible), as was his custom. The chance of a Major General needing grenades was unlikely, but the gesture definitely added a warlike persona to the commander.
Le style Mitterrand
On 14 June 1940, sergeant François Mitterrand was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans. After a year and a half he finally managed to escape. He would become President of France, from 1981 to 1995.
Mussolini's Corpse Hanged At Piazzale Loretto After His Execution In Milan In 1945. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)