24 December 1943


US General Dwight D. Eisenhower is finally appointed as Supreme Allied Commander, in overall charge of Operation Overlord. General Sir Bernard Montgomery – ‘Monty’ – is appointed to command 21st Army Group, with responsibility for all Allied ground troops in the assault landings on D-Day and the following ground fighting. Earlier in the war, Montgomery had fought – and beaten – Rommel’s forces in North Africa.