(EBOOK) Corps Commanders of the Bulge Six American Generals and Victory in the Ardennes Modern War Studies author Harold R. Winton
Anded by the six American corps commanders who were involved Gerow Middleton Ridgeway Milikin Eddy and Collins This emphasis on what Winton calls the middle level of command allows us to see the battle as it developed operationally and provides the reader with perhaps the clearest and most understandable narrative of the Battle of the Bulge ever written Winton helpfully divides the history of the battle into three phases and covers the activities and decisions of the officers in each phase their relationships with their superiors and subordinates what tactical demands the battle placed on them and even how they held up physically and psychologically Since the book also includes brief biographies of those officers Winton is able to evaluate the effectiveness of how the US Army educated its officers for higher command between the World Wars all six were CGSS and five of them were War College rads Winton also takes the time to show the true role of allied air power in the battle All in all this book is a must read for those who study in all this book is a must read for those who study Battle of the Ardennes and the US Army in the Second World WarOne small sour note either Dr Winton or his editors at University Press of Kansas a military history publisher of note should have been aware that Marlborough was not at Waterloo see p160 This book really consists of two parts The first part Sister of My Heart goes thru the history of the 6 Americanenerals who commanded corps during the Battle of the Bulge WWIIThe second part looks at the fighting and command decisions of each of the 6 during the actual battleI felt this was a very King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies good book with areat deal of attention focused on what it is to command The author reviews each of the commanders for each of his time slices and rates their command decisionsThe maps are so so Good book New view of the battle from the corps commanders level Excellent details and descriptionsI received this book as a Rescuing Gus gift while I was convalescing from back surgery in 2010 I read it three times in six weeks I ve read many accounts of the historic bulge but never anything that went intoreat depth concerning how a Corp operated It was amazing how uickly these units were put together and turned into a cohesive fighting machine Absolutely amazing I remember reading some time ago how impressed the Germans were with the Americans ability to adapt and move troops uickly to threatened sectors This book will explain how this was accomplished This work is for all historians and fans of WWII who are looking for missing pieces in the framework of command structures Military history is not for everyone but if it interests you then I highly recommend this book It is at once an exceptional work of scholarship and accessible historical narrative I was especially impressed with the clarity of Winton s narrative organization He presents the
HISTORY THE BIOGRAPHY AND HIS CRITICAL the biography and his critical of each commander s performance in such logical order that the reader is easily able to follow and to understand the complexities of what was one of the largest and most complex battles of the Second World War A rare look at the upper middle level of American leadership in this battle The period after 26 December is not ignored either which often happensChanging to 5 stars on 2nd read 2019. Nders adds yet another valuable layer to this rich tapestry of narrative and analysisUltimately Winton argues that the flexibility of the corps structure and the competence of the men who commanded the six American corps that fought in the Bulge contributed significantly to the ultimate victory Chronicling the human drama of commanding large numbers of soldiers in battle he has produced an artful blend of combat narrative collective biography and institutional history that contributes significantly to the broader understanding of World War II as a whole With the recent modularization of the US Army division which makes this command echelon a re creation of the corps of World War II Corps Commanders of the Bulge also has distinct relevance to current issues of Army transformati. ,
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Nt Class of 92: Out of Our League graduate He saw service in France in WWI He married General Peyton March the Army Chief of Staff s daughter Heraduated from both CGSC and the Army War College He had both command and staff positions and commanded the experimental 6th Cavalry Regiment Horse and Mechanized He went on to
Command The 33rd Division Inthe 33rd Division in and was selected to command III Corps The corps went to Europe in September 1944 major General Manton Eddy raduated from Shattuck Military Academy and received a commission in 1916 He saw action in France commanding
a machine un company He was wounded and upon recovery wasmachine How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead gun company He was wounded and upon recovery was command of a Machine Gun Battalion He did service as an ROTC instructor and returned for the Infantry officer s advanced course where he was observed by General Marshall He went on to battalion and then to CGSC where he stayed on as an instructor He did not attend the Army War College He commanded the 9th Infantry Division through Africa and Sicily The division was selected fot eh Normandy invasion He took command of the XII Corps in August 1944 Major General Lawton Collinsraduated from West Point He did not serve in France in WWI He did occupation duty in Germany He raduated from both CGSC and the Army War College He served in the Philippines on troop duty then on the G 2G 3 staff He was assigned to the General Staff secretariat when General Marshall was Chief of Staff He was selected as Chief of Staff VII Corps in California then sent to Hawaii He was iven command of the 25th Infantry Division and fought it on Guadalcanal He returned on leave and he lobbied for corps command General MacArthur thought Collins too young for Pacific corps command so Marshall sent him to Europe where he took over VII Corps He fought the corps from Normandy through the Ardennes These were the men who fought the Corps Battle of the Bulge I spent time explaining their background because they all have extensive experience and military schooling Only MG Eddy did not raduate from the Army War College Only MG Eddy and MG Middleton had actually seen combat in WWI although a couple of the other had been in France MG Millikan was the least combat experienced when the Ardennes campaign began As a young Captain General Jimmy D Ross said something to me that I LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT GENERAL ll never forget about General He said that if all of the individuals selected for a star when he was were killed in an aircraft crash their replacements would have similar experience and schooling as he had when he was selected These Corps Commanders attest to the validity of General Ross s statement made in 1979 The remainder of this study is composed of three phases Phase I is the battle during the German initiative Phase II is the Initiative in Flux Phase III is the American Initiative in Action The author explains the battle from the corps perspective for each of the corps involved He provides analysis and observations of each of the commanders There are some supporting maps I will not fight the battle and assess each Corps Commander I ll leave that to the author and the rea Just when you thought that there couldn t be another useful book on the Battle of the Bulge Professor Harold Winton proves us wrong with this fine portrait of the battle that focuses on the way it was comm. Ir role in this epic struggle through a mosaic of narratives that take the commanders from the pre war training rounds of America to the crucible of war in the icy cold killing fields of Belgium and LuxembourgWinton introduces the story of each phase of the Bulge with a theater level overview of the major decisions and events that shaped the corps battles and for the first time fully integrates the crucial role of airpower into our understanding of how events unfolded on the round Unlike most accounts of the Ardennes that chronicle only the periods of German and American initiative Winton's study describes an intervening middle phase in which the initiative was fiercely contested by both sides and the outcome uncertain His inclusion of the principal American and German comma.