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The Rock HotelDwight Eisenhower

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was a prominent American military leader and the 34th President of the United States. He is celebrated for his role as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War II, leading the forces that defeated Nazi Germany. 

His interest in Gibraltar stemmed from its strategic importance during World War II. He arrived in Gibraltar on 6th November 1942.

The main point was to oversee the preparation for Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. Gibraltar served as the critical control point for the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, making it a pivotal location for launching the operation. During his stay, Eisenhower worked closely with British and American forces to coordinate the complex logistics of Operation Torch. It's reported that he was deeply involved in the planning sessions, often stretching late into the night. One notable quote from his time in Gibraltar highlights his strategic mind-set: "The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice—their choice”. The success of the operation marked a turning point in the war in favour of the Allies, underscoring Gibraltar's role in the victory.

Eisenhower's visit to Gibraltar was more than a military move; it was a testament to the strategic importance of the territory in Allied victory during World War II. His leadership reinforced Gibraltar's historical significance as a fortress of resilience and strategic value.


General Eisenhower, Ike, during a meeting inside the Rock of Gibraltar.

Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower had a meeting in Gibraltar during World War II.