In 1942, General Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower was a largely unknown staff officer with no combat experience. By May 1945, he’d led the 4 million strong Allied force that vanquished Nazi Germany. This course offers a life-and-times portrait of Ike, beginning with his boyhood and ending in late 1945. The course examines Ike’s use of his natural talents, the growth of his ambition, his responses to critical events, and the help he received from many. The leaders whose help Ike most needed were General George C. Marshall and Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who often strongly disagreed with him over strategy and logistics. Ike’s relations with both leaders are thus a major course focus as are decisions he made concerning D-Day, crossing the Rhine, and forgoing the taking of Berlin. | Lecture + Q&A; Listening to audio recordings; Viewing videos.