Feuding Allies: The Private Wars of the High Command

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Wiley, Sep 28, 1995 - History - 368 pages
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"A first-class historian."--The Wall Street Journal

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"An exciting narrative presented by a first-rate storyteller."--Publishers Weekly

"Absorbing reading. . . . The book's great virtue is that it allows a number of the rapidly diminishing band of the survivors of the whole experience to have their say."--Booklist


"Vivid . . . skillfully written."--Los Angeles Times


"Brings to life how airborne soldiers survived, how the human will prevails . . . against overwhelming enemies, tactical failures, and even death."--The New York Times


"Another smasher by Breuer, who specializes in thrilling reports of WWII spycraft and warfare."--Kirkus Reviews


"Fast-paced, detailed, and satisfyingly dramatic."--World War II magazine

It was an historic alliance between nations at war determined to defeat the Axis armies. But behind the facade of solidarity, other conflicts raged. Driven to halt the forces that had overrun Europe, Asia, and Africa, the British and the Americans argued over every command and strategy, neither side trusted the Soviets, and the French griped incessantly.

William B. Breuer's dramatic behind-the-scenes narrative reveals for the first time the full extent of the internal conflict that ripped through the high command. British commanders thought the Americans too anxious to open a western front in Europe--to prove the point they gave the go-ahead to a suicidal assault on France. American commanders believed the British were stalling for time to bleed the Soviets to improve England's position in postwar Europe. General Douglas MacArthur, whose war in the Pacific took a backseat under the "Germany first" strategy, had bitter differences of opinion with almost everyone in the U.S. command, particularly the navy admirals he had to fight alongside. Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the British commander of Allied ground forces, was roundly de-spised by the American generals for his haughty self-righteous attitude and cautious approach. And General Dwight Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied troops, faced the near-impossible task of assuaging the enormous egos of the Allied military and government leaders, keeping the coalition together, and at the same time, winning the war.

Feuding Allies is a gripping story of wrangling, backstabbing, rivalries, and jealousies. This fast-paced account sheds new light on the most charismatic and renowned figures of World War II--Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, de Gaulle, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Patton, and Montgomery--and reveals just how high passions ran on the road to victory.

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In a global history of the Grand Alliance, military historian Breuer (Race to the Moon, 1993, etc.) shows that the shouting war that raged among Allied leaders was in its way almost as violent as the ... Read full review


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WILLIAM B. BREUER is one of today's most popular military historians and the critically acclaimed author of twenty-two books. Some of his previous titles include MacArthur's Undercover War and The Great Raid on Cabanatuan (both published by Wiley), Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception, and Race to the Moon: How Hitler's Rocket Scientists Put America on the Moon.

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