Major General Maurice Rose: World War II's Greatest Forgotten Commander

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Taylor Trade Publishing, May 5, 2006 - History - 432 pages
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Major General Maurice Rose (1899-1945), commander of 3rd Amored, First Army's legendary "Spearhead" division, was the highest-ranking American Jewish officer ever killed in battle, and the only individual casualty to spark a War Crimes Investigation. This, the first and only biography of this important World War II figure, tells the dramatic story of Rose's life—-from his childhood as a son of a rabbi, through his experiences in World War I and in the U.S. cavalry, to his meteoric rise as America's answer to Rommel. In 1943, Rose negotiated and accepted the surrender of the German Army in Tunisia, the first large-scale surrender to an American force during World War II. At the Battle of Carentan in June 1944, he saved the 506th Parachute Infantry (of Band of Brothers fame), and might very well have saved the entire Normandy beachhead from a catastrophic German counterattack. His brilliant, daring, and aggressive defensive tactics during the Battle of the Bulge prevented an enemy breakthrough to the Meuse River and beyond, thereby frustrating the German advance.
Based on original archival research and exclusive interviews, this biography shatters old myths and factual distortions, and offers a refreshingly inquisitive and critical perspective. Steven L. Ossad and Don R. Marsh reveal new insights into Rose's controversial death—-was he killed because he was Jewish or because he went for his weapon?—-and about the even more controversial investigations that followed. As compelling and extraordinary as the life that it describes, this biography pays long-overdue tribute to one of America's greatest heroes.
 

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Contents

Chapter One March 30 1945 I
1
Chapter Two The Early Life 18991916
37
Chapter Three The Young Officer 19171920
53
Chapter Four Peacetime Officer 19201930
81
Chapter Five The Cavalry Officer 19301935
95
Chapter Six Field Grade Officer 19361940
107
Chapter Seven The Armor Officer goes to War 19401943
119
Crisis at Carentan
141
The Rhine the Cemetery and the Letters
285
Chapter Fourteen March 30 1945 II
307
Chapter Fifteen The Investigation
331
Chapter Sixteen Summer
349
Appendix I Panamas Irregular Cavalry by Captain Maurice Rose Cavalry
365
Appendix II An Operation of the 3rd Armored Spearhead Division by Major General Maurice Rose
369
Appendix III Correspondence between Rose and General Dwight D Eisenhower
377
Acknowledgments
385

Rose Propels the Cobras Fangs
163
Collision at Mons
193
Movement Gives Way to Stalemate
235
Bloody Ardennes
249
Notes
389
Bibliography
417
Index
427
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Steven L. Ossad lives in New York City. Don R. Marsh, a World War II veteran who served under General Rose, lives in Tustin, California. Martin Blumenson, editor of The Patton Papers and author of Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945, lives in Washington, D.C.

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