General Eisenhower, commander of Allied forces in Europe, 31 Dec 1943

Caption     General Eisenhower, commander of Allied forces in Europe, 31 Dec 1943 ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   USA C-2175
More on...   
Dwight Eisenhower   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 31 Dec 1943
Added By C. Peter Chen
Licensing  Public Domain. According to the US National Archives, as of 21 Jul 2010:
The vast majority of the digital images in the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) are in the public domain. Therefore, no written permission is required to use them. We would appreciate your crediting the National Archives and Records Administration as the original source. For the few images that remain copyrighted, please read the instructions noted in the "Access Restrictions" field of each ARC record.... In general, all government records are in the public domain and may be freely used.... Additionally, according to the United States copyright law (United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105), in part, "[c]opyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government".

Please contact us regarding any inaccuracies with the above information. Thank you.

Colorized By WW2DB     Colorized with Adobe Photoshop

Did you enjoy this photograph or find this photograph helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this photograph with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
4 May 2013 06:05:28 AM

So concerned were the American authorities regarding the prospect of their young men returning home at the war's end accompanied by foreign wives (at the expense of American women seeking husbands) that, in July 1942, Eisenhower ruled that no Officer or Enlisted man could marry without the express permission of their Commanding Officer. Disobediance of this regulation could lead to a Court Martial. He ruled that permission would not be granted unless the Commanding Officer was satisfied that such a marriage was 'in the interest of the (European Theatre of Operations) forces in particilar and military service in general'.

Applicants were told that marriage would not entitle them to special treatment in living arrangements, in rental subsidies, travel allowances or medical and PX privileges. Additionally a wife would not be transported at governmental expense either within the ETO or to the United States. Furthermore the marriage would not entitle the wife to automatic American citizenship, rather 'she will be subject to applicable immigration and nationisation laws'.

This unfair edict (which effectively meant that couples would only be allowed to marry when there was, or soon would be, an illegitimate birth to 'bring discredit to the service') was never officially rescinded and most applicants quickly discovered so much 'Red Tape' placed in their way that it proved virtually impossible to get the desired authorisation.

There was also one category of request to marry that was always refused; that between a white British woman and a black GI, since in nineteen out of the forty eight states in the Union mixed marriage of colour was illegal.

Other nationalities were not quite so hostile (although Applicants were still required to give notice of intent). Disciplinary action would not be taken since marriage was considered by more enlightened people to be a civil right, which 'should not be interferred with by Military regulations'. Indeed well over a thousand Poles out of the 30,000 stationed in Britain had taken Scottish Brides by the end of 1943, and some 14,000 Canadian servicemen returned home with British brides without any difficulty.

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments


1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

Search WW2DB
Famous WW2 Quote
"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!