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Robert Blake and Wm. Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.001.0001

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Churchill and Eisenhower in the Second World War

Churchill and Eisenhower in the Second World War

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Churchill
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STEPHEN E. AMBROSE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.003.0023

The rich, deep, difficult, and tumultuous, but always amicable relationship between Winston Churchill of Britain and Dwight D. Eisenhower of the United States had a major impact on how the Second World War was fought and won. The friendship stretched from the beginning of 1942 to Churchill's death in 1965. They came from different backgrounds, Eisenhower, a Kansas boy, born in a shack beside the railroad tracks in rural Texas, and Churchill, a British aristocrat, born in Blenheim Palace. They disagreed, usually loudly and often violently, about issues of the most fundamental importance, from a proper strategy to implement against Germany in 1942 to the question of taking Berlin in 1945. Yet they had unbounded affection and admiration for each other. One area in which they co-operated from beginning to end was in dealing with Charles de Gaulle, president of France. The two men entered into a conspiracy to undercut Franklin D. Roosevelt's anti-de Gaulle policy.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Second World War, Charles de Gaulle, Germany, France, Britain, United States

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