Military author and historian, John Eisenhower, son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, died on Saturday, December 21, 2013. A retired U.S. Army Brigadier General himself, he talked about his father’s role as Supreme Allied Commander Europe in this interview. He also discussed Ike’s relationships with American and British generals and how he compromised with Allied nations to bring World War II in Europe to an end.
Independent producer George Colburn conducted this interview as part of a documentary series on Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military and political career – a period covering from 1941 to 1961. His latest project – “Eisenhower’s Secret War” – debuted on public television stations nation-wide in May of 2013. Hosted by Evan Thomas, author of “Ike’s Bluff," Mr. Colburn’s two-part program focused on Ike’s campaign to wage peace in the aftermath of World War II.
These are unedited excerpts from a 1995 conversation.