President Dwight Eisenhower’s biggest contribution to American — and global — history came roughly nine years before he ever took residency in the White House. As the general for the U.S. Army, Eisenhower orchestrated the successful invasion of allied troops along the northern coast of France. His gains on D-Day began Germany’s retreat east through Europe and permanently changed the course of World War II. But, as the story goes, Eisenhower picked up more from his time in Europe than just strategic military tactics. It was in Germany where he was exposed to one of the world’s first limited-access, high-speed highway systems. Eisenhower took that memory with him through the war and eventually all the way to the Oval Office.
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