5 Star Uniform of General Eisenhower worn during the Liberation of Europe in 1945
General Dwight David Eisenhower, Commander of all Allied Forces in Europe the largest army ever commanded by an American General. He was destined to become one of the very few men in American military history to be named General of the Army and promoted to the full five-star rank. On December 20, 1944 after D-Day he would receive this fifth star and cement his place in history. But he would go on to lead the free world to victory in Europe and serve as President of the United States for two terms during the Cold War from 1953 to 1961.
General Eisenhower’s military exploits cannot be overstated in their importance in the history of the Free World. A humble man, born in Texas and raised in Kansas, even after he had reached the rank of five-stars he wore this somewhat simple uniform with a minimal number of ribbons. Designed by himself, the waist-length ‘Ike jacket’ as it came to be known was worn by officers and enlisted men alike, being universally adopted by his men partly as homage to him. This remarkable Ike jacket worn by General Eisenhower is the Pinnacle of any private or museum collection; there is no other World War II uniform in existence that is more important than this. In excellent condition, with his ringed silver five star general’s insignia of his ultimate rank at each epaulet below the extraordinary Great Seal of the United States in gold. The patch of the Allied Expeditionary Force is at the left sleeve, the greatest military force in history that stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 and rid the world of the Nazi scourge led by Adolf Hitler. Below are the two overseas bars and at each collar the simple ‘US’ insignia of a United States Army officer. Above the left breast pocket, even though he had been awarded a multitude of medals and awards, he chose to wear the ribbons of the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
There cannot be a more memorable image of a military leader than the iconic ‘Ike jacket’ being worn by its namesake and five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is perhaps an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own just that uniform, a National Treasure and historical Icon.