October 29, 1944: General Dwight D, Eisenhower Puts His Faith in "Tooey" Spaatz


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA

October 29, 1944: When preparing for his troops to cross the Rhine River to invade Germany, General George Patton told Allied Commander, General Dwight D, Eisenhower, that he did not expect to need paratroopers accompanying him—he would just have Tooey (Spaatz) send his heavy bombers over and pulverize the opposite shore and then let his men row across.

Eisenhower has said that crossing the Rhine was one of the great victories of World War II.

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