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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower became commander of all US troops in the European theater of World War II on June 25, 1942. He had attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1911 to 1915, went to the Army War College in 1928 and a year later worked as an assistant in the secretary of war’s office. In 1935, he served as an assistant to Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines. Eisenhower returned to the states in 1941 to become a brigadier general in the Third Army and between February and June 1942 was assigned to the War Department. As the leading general of the U.S. forces in Europe, Eisenhower was directly involved with planning and executing U.S. military strategy in the fight to liberate Europe from Germany and fascist Italy.
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