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Meeting of the Supreme Command, Allied Expeditionary Force, London, 1 Feb 1944.
Left to right: Front row: Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur W Tedder, Deputy Supreme Commander, Expeditionary Force; Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Expeditionary Force; General Bernard Montgomery, Commander in Chief, 21st Army Group; Back row: Lt. General Omar Bradley, Commander in Chief, US 1st Army; Admiral Sir Bertram H Ramsay, Allied Naval Commander in Chief, Expeditionary Force; Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Allied Air Commander in Chief, Expeditionary Force; Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith.
 

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Bradly seemed to be he lowest rank as far as responsibility. He was only responsible for an army. ;)
 

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Bernard Montgomery (centre) standing with his four army generals, Sir Miles ‘Bimbo’ Dempsey, Courtney Hodges, William Hood Simpson and Henry Duncan Graham "Harry" Crerar during the Battle of the Bulge.
 

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Left: Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. with Lt. Gen. George S. Patton Jr. in Gela, Sicily, 1943.

Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., would never attain the presidency like his father did, but he would fight in WWI and II.
He earned the Distinguished Service Cross and two Silver Stars in WW1, and then came back into service in WW2 as an almost 60-year-old man. But still, he earned another two Silver Stars in combat in North Africa near one of his own sons (who also earned a Silver Star, there).
In the preparations for D-Day, he pushed repeatedly for permission to go ashore with the first wave, but his division commander kept denying it on the basis of the brigadier's rank and age. So, Roosevelt, Jr., wrote to his distant cousin, then-President F.D.R.
Before the reply came back, the division commander finally relented and gave Roosevelt, Jr., permission, certain he would never see him again.

The 4th Infantry Div, like nearly everyone else that day, landed out of position, but they were lucky to have their deputy commanding general there to take charge. Roosevelt, Jr., personally led infantry waves into position under fire multiple times while walking with a cane.
His re-making of the division landing plan was credited with keeping Omaha Beach open, and the commanding general gave his compliments when he landed with a later wave.
Roosevelt Jr. was nominated for promotion to major general, the Medal of Honor, and command of the 90th Infantry Div, but he died of a heart attack just hours before Gen. Eisenhower called to give him the news.
The medal was awarded posthumously.
 

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Hans von Arnim
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Hans von Arnim was born in Ernsdorf, Germany on 4th April 1889. He joined the German Army in 1907 and during the First World War fought on the Western Front and the Eastern Front.
He remained in the army and spent a year in the Defence Ministry (1924-25) before taking command of the elite 68th Infantry Regiment in Berlin. In January 1938 he was promoted to the rank of major general and was sent to head the Army Service Department in Silesia.
On the outbreak of the Second World War Arnim was placed in command of the 52th Infantry Division. He took part in the invasion of Poland and France. Promoted to the rank of lieutenant general he served under General Heinz Guderian during Operation Barbarossa. However, he was serious wounded at Stolpce on 24th June 1941. After making a full recovery he took part in the encirclement of Kiev and the capture of Bryansk.
In November 1942, Arnim was promoted to general and placed in command of the 5th Panzer Army in Tunisia. After General Erwin Rommel left in March 1943, Arnim became head of the German Army in Africa but was unable to halt the Allied advance and on 11th May, 1943, the Axis forces surrendered Tunisia. The following day Arnim was captured by the Allies.
The second highest-ranking German prisoner of war (after Rudolf Hess), he was held in Britain until 1947. Hans von Arnim returned to Germany where he lived until his death on 1st September 1962.
Wouldn't Field Marshal Paulus of Sixth Army have been the second highest ranking German POW ?
 
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