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"The publication of Eisenhower's Lieutenants is an event of significance in American military writing...admirable...clearly the product of exhaustive, painstaking research." -The New York Times Book Review "...the best account we have of the World War II campaigns from Normandy to the Elbe." -American Historical Review "...precisely informative and broadly rewarding." -Kirkus Reviews "...an outstanding and highly recommended work." -Journal of American History "...by the dean of American military historians..." -Washington Post Bookworld CONTENTS Preface Part One: The Armies Part Two: Normandy Part Three: France Part Four: The Disputed Middle Ground Part Five: Germany Epilogue Notes and Sources Index

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253206084
ISBN-10: 0253206081
Format: Paperback
(5969mm x 4293mm x 47mm)
Pages: 832
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1981
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » The fullest account yet of the climactic campaign in northwestern Europe, from the planning of D-Day through the German surrender, with an interesting focus on the personalities involved in shaping the Allied forces, plans, and operations. And Weigley, an established military historian (History of the United States Army, The American Way of War), offers not tattle - per David Irving's current The War Between the Generals - but insights and analysis. Thus, we see Eisenhower's unusual inclination to guide rather than to order as an approach calculated to gain maximum effort from his subordinates; Patton's flamboyance, in turn, is seen as both concealing a mistrust of the capabilities of American infantry (which, he said, needed all the artillery "it can get") and as expressing a desire to "fill the unforgiving moment" with productive activity. Weigley, moreover, is frequently critical. American manpower mismanagement - e.g., putting the most fit, physically and mentally, into the non-combatant technical services - is a particular target. He also scores: the reluctance of the win-alone Air Force to become involved in close support (despite the enthusiasm of individual airmen like Quesada); Eisenhower's tendency to dispersal, rather than concentration, of forces; and the inefficient, miscalculated American replacement training program. Other, salient topics accorded close scrutiny are the evolution of the American army during the war and its logistical problems - while the discussion of the principal engagements focuses not merely on the central drama but also on the supporting actions which made them possible. Though lengthy, the book is not forbidding: anyone with a strong interest, with or without background knowledge, will find it precisely informative and broadly rewarding. It's also, surprisingly, the only volume history that carries the story from D-Day to the end. (Kirkus Reviews)


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