During World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was put in charge of the allied forces, even though he had no real battlefield experience. A decision that could have been disastrous, ended up being the right choice for victory.
General Eisenhower played football for the United States Military Academy in 1912, but his time on the team ended due to a knee injury. He almost was not able to join the army due to his injury, but he ended up serving in leadership positions in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean.
Even though he was more of a junior officer when WWII began, he was very successful as a commander of his theater of the war. He eventually was made the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.
He then became the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force. His main job was to lead the Normandy D-Day assault, which consisted of 4,000 ships, 11,000 planes and around three million marines, soldiers, airmen, and sailors in one massive invasion.
Eisenhower was still in command when the allies on the was in 1945. His success in the military led him to his next important posting, President of the Unites States. Eisenhower was President from 1953 through 1961.