Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force

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Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF; /ˈʃf/ SHAYF) was the headquarters of the Commander of Allied forces in northwest Europe, from late 1943 until the end of World War II. US General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the commander in SHAEF throughout its existence. The position itself shares a common lineage with Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Atlantic, but they are different titles.

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Supreme Headquarters,
Allied Expeditionary Force
Shoulder sleeve insignia
Disbanded14 July 1945
CountriesFlag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Flag_of_the_United_States_%281912-1959%29.svg United States
Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.svg Australia
Flag_of_Canada_%281921%E2%80%931957%29.svg Canada
British_Raj_Red_Ensign.svg India
Flag_of_New_Zealand.svg New Zealand
Flag_of_South_Africa_%281928%E2%80%931994%29.svg South Africa
Occupied countries:
Belgium Belgium
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Flag_of_Free_France_%281940-1944%29.svg Free France
Kingdom of Greece Greece
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Netherlands Netherlands
Norway Norway
Poland Poland
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
TypeCombined headquarters
RoleTheater of operations
Part ofCombined Chiefs of Staff
EngagementsWorld War II
Supreme CommanderDwight D. Eisenhower
Deputy Supreme CommanderArthur Tedder
SHAEF commanders at a conference in London
Left to right: Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Sir Bernard Montgomery, Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, and Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith