On this day in 1942 (May 2) Admiral Chester J. Nimitz, convinced that the Japanese will attack Midway Island, visits the island to review its readiness. We're so fortunate to have the National Museum of the Pacific War in Admiral Nimitz birthplace; Fredericksburg, Texas.
SS security chief and the driving force behind the Reich's extermination policies Reinhard Heydrich together with the Commander of the Security Police and SD in Prague Dr. Horst Böhme (left) and the State Secretary Karl Hermann Frank (right). Heydrich was assassinated in 1942. Böhme was last seen during fighting near Konigsberg in April 1945. Frank was hanged for his war crimes by the Czechs in 1946.
Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay (left), Allied naval commander, Expeditionary Forces, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, Allied air chief inspect beaches along the French invasion coast from an amphibious "duck" in France on June 16, 1944.
The four Supreme Commanders of the victorious Allies pose for a photograph. From left to right; Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), General Dwight D. Eisenhower (United States of America), Marshal...
Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay was Commander in Chief of the Allied Naval Forces for Operation 'Neptune', the naval component of 'Overlord. On D-Day, he controlled one of the largest fleets in history. Ramsay initially established his headquarters in Arromanches but then moved them to a house in Ver-sur-Mer. He was killed in a plane crash on his way to meet Field Marshal Montgomery on 2 january 1945.
Allied leaders - Henry Duncan Graham "Harry" Crerar (April 28, 1888 – April 1, 1965) was a Canadian general and the country's "leading field commander" in World War II. He became General Officer Commanding 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in England in 1941, General Officer Commanding I Canadian Corps in England and then Italy in 1942 and General Officer Commanding First Canadian Army in North-West Europe in 1944.