Monday October 26, 2020

Surrender in Berlin: The president and the chauffeur

Was Dwight Eisenhower having an affair with his Irish-born driver?

17th January, 2016
Gen Dwight D Eisenhower makes a V for victory with two pens used for the signing of Germany’s unconditional surrender at Reims, France, May 7, 1945. Pictured from far left: Russian Gen Ivan Susloparov; Lt Gen Sir FE Morgan, background; Lt Gen Walter Bedell Smith; Kay Summersby; Gen Eisenhower; Capt Harry C Butcher, background; and Sir Arthur Tedder Picture: AP

One of the most widespread rumours of World War II was that General Dwight D Eisenhower (later two-time president of the United States) was having a love affair with his Irish driver, Kay Summersby.

The alleged relationship has been the subject of many books since, a TV mini-series and even the autobiography of Kay Summersby herself, published in 1977 after her death. Chicago Tribune war correspondent Jack Thompson told Lieutenant-General ‘Slim Jim’ Gavin: “You didn’t...

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