'General Eisenhower', c 1943.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Kodachrome colour transparency of General Dwight D Eisenhower (1890-1969) taken by J C A Redhead (1886-1954), during World War Two. Eisenhower had served in the United States Army since graduating from West Point military academy in 1915. He commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1942. He was Supreme Commander of the Allied troops invading France on D-Day, 6 June 1944. In 1953 he became the thirty-fourth President of the United States. Kodachrome, regarded as the first 'modern' colour proces, was announced by Kodak in 1935. Kodachrome film was imported from the USA and was in very short supply during World War Two. As Head of Kodak Ltd's Photo Finishing Laboratory in Harrow, England, Redhead had acces to supplies of this scarce colour film.