Corps Commanders of the Bulge: Six American Generals and Victory in the Ardennes

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University Press of Kansas, Mar 16, 2007 - History - 504 pages
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If the Battle of the Bulge was Germany's last gasp, it was also America's proving ground--the largest single action fought by the U.S. Army in World War II. Taking a new approach to an old story, Harold Winton widens our field of vision by showing how victory in this legendary campaign was built upon the remarkable resurrection of our truncated interwar army, an overhaul that produced the effective commanders crucial to G1 success in beating back the Ardennes counteroffensive launched by Hitler's forces. Winton's is the first study of the Bulge to examine leadership at the largely neglected level of corps command. Focusing on the decisions and actions of six Army corps commanders--Leonard Gerow, Troy Middleton, Matthew Ridgway, John Millikin, Manton Eddy, and J. Lawton Collins--he recreates their role in this epic struggle through a mosaic of narratives that take the commanders from the pre-war training grounds of America to the crucible of war in the icy-cold killing fields of Belgium and Luxembourg. Winton 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 ground. 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 commanders adds yet another valuable layer to this rich tapestry of narrative and analysis. Ultimately, Winton arguesthat 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.

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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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Perry Andrus - Goodreads

This book really consists of two parts. The first part goes thru the history of the 6 American generals who commanded corps during the Battle of the Bulge (WWII). The second part looks at the fighting ... Read full review

Contents

Toward an American Philosophy of Command
13
The Making of Six Corps Commanders
31
The Coming of the Bulge
68
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Both editors are on the faculty of the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Harold R. Winton is professor of military history and theory. He is the author of "To Change an Army: General Sir John Burnett-Stuart and British Armored Doctrine, 1927-1938," David R. Mets is professor of technology and innovation. He is the author of several books, including "The Air Campaign: John Warden and the Classical Airpower Theorists,

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