Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military career spanned two world wars and a large part of the Cold War. His leadership as a general had a major impact on key world events.
In 1942 he was given command of all the American Army forces then gathering in the United Kingdom during World War II. On June 6, 1944, Eisenhower directed the largest amphibious invasion ever assembled. As Supreme Allied Commander in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) he led the Allies in that continent’s liberation and in the defeat of Nazi Germany.
His service as the first commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces was a major deterrent to Soviet aggression during the Cold War. Eisenhower’s military and diplomatic skills, as well as his popularity, won him the Presidency of the United States in 1952.