Dwight david eisenhower and bernard Law Montgomery were men of such profoundly contrasting temperaments and strategic orientation that their relationship was bound to be stormy. Gelb has excavated beneath surface events, and produced an intelligent, delved into political and psychological factors, fast-moving narrative.
Professor arnold ages, baltimore sun “vivid and comprehensive … Absorbing … Sets a high standard for other reconstructions” — Kirkus Reviews. He lives in london and is a correspondent for New Leader magazine. Praise for Norman Gelb:“Mr. It is also an account of how their clash of wills came to personify the historic moment when the United States assumed the role of superpower in the West and once-powerful Great Britain was obliged to accept that it could no longer aspire to such exalted status.
Norman gelb has written several highly acclaimed books, including 'Desperate Venture: The Story of Operation Torch', 'The Allied Invasion of North Africa' and 'Dunkirk: The Complete Story of the First Step in the Defeat of Hitler'. The allied invasion of Normandy was one of the greatest military operations of the last hundred years.
Ike and monty’ is the first book to focus exclusively on how their often bitter relationship determined the fate of the Allied effort to liberate Europe in World War II. From the invasion of north africa to d-day, from the Battle of the Bulge to the fall of Berlin, Ike and Monty draws a masterful portrait of a tortured union between two military giants.
But although it was led by two great commanders, they seldom saw eye to eye.
The Lorraine Campaign
The lorraine campaign was first published in 1950 Army official history of World War II. On the 1st september 1944, general patton and his Third Army stood poised to strike at what they thought would the last major barrier on the road to Berlin. They had raced four hundred miles across northern France, from the beaches of Normandy to the banks of the Moselle River, in less than one month.
Facing them were the German forces that held the territory between the Moselle and the Sarre Rivers. Having had such success in the invasion of France the men of the Third Army were confident that they could smash their way into Nazi Germany. Yet, almost immediately, their progress was halted. A drastic shortage of fuel slowed the advance to a crawl, giving time for German reinforcements to arrive from across Germany and Italy.
Cole passed away in 2005. During the second world war he was assigned as a historical officer on the staff of General Patton's Third Army, with whom he participated in four campaigns in northern Europe. It records each phase of the campaign in brilliant detail, including the initial days when Patton’s army was brought to a halt at the banks of the Moselle, the Battle of Metz, and the offensive across the Saar River towards the Siegfried Line before the Germans launched their counteroffensive in the Ardennes.
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the European Theater of World War Two and how Patton and his Third Army were able to overcome huge obstacles in their drive to reach Berlin. Hugh M.
Lincoln's Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut
It shines a spotlight and shares new details about the admiral's leadership of the mission to recapture the port of New Orleans from the Confederacy - a campaign historians consider one of the most daring in military history. Farragut is perhaps best known for his order to “Damn the torpedoes. This vivid and impeccably researched book details the life and Civil War battles of Admiral David Farragut.
Full speed ahead. During the battle of mobile Bay, which has become a touchstone and rallying cry for the United States Navy. A sweeping and riveting telling of farragut's career and campaigns, Lincoln's Admiral offers fascinating insights into the strategy and decisions of one of the greatest military leaders on the Civil War - and of all time.
Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War
In patton, rommel, one of britain's most accomplished military scholars presents an unprecedented study of the land war in the North African and European theaters, Montgomery, as well as their chief commanders—three men who also happened to be the most compelling dramatis personae of World War II. Beyond spellbinding depictions of pivotal confrontations at el alamein, and the ardennes forest, author-scholar Terry Brighton illuminates the personal motivations and historical events that propelled the three men's careers: how Patton's, Monte Cassino, and Rommel's Great War experiences helped to mold their style of command—and how, exactly, Montgomery's, they managed to apply their arguably megalomaniacal personalities and hitherto unrecognized political acumen and tact to advance their careers and strategic vision.
Opening new avenues of inquiry into the lives and careers of three men widely profiled by scholars and popular historians alike, brighton definitively answers numerous lingering and controversial questions: was patton really as vainglorious in real life as he was portrayed to be on the silver screen?—and how did his tireless advocacy of "mechanized cavalry" forever change the face of war? Was Monty's dogged publicity-seeking driven by his own need for recognition or by his desire to claim for Britain a leadership role in postwar global order?—and how did this prickly "commoner" manage to earn affection and esteem from enlisted men and nobility alike? How might the war have ended if Rommel had had more tanks?—and what fundamental philosophical difference between him and Hitler made such an outcome virtually impossible? Abetted by new primary source material and animated by Terry Brighton's incomparable storytelling gifts, Patton, Rommel offers critical new interpretations of the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, controversial, Montgomery, and influential commanders—and augments our understanding of each of their perceptions of war and leadership.
Bridge of Spies
The three men were rescued against daunting odds, and then all but forgotten. Yet they laid bare the pathological mistrust that fueled the arms race for the next 30 years. Weaving the three strands of this story together for the first time, Giles Whittell masterfully portrays the intense political tensions and nuclear brinkmanship that brought the United States and Soviet Union so close to a hot war in the early 1960s.
Bridge of spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters whose fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the most dangerous years of the cold War: William Fisher, arrested and held without charge by the Stasi, a British born KGB agent arrested by the FBI in New York City and jailed as a Soviet superspy for trying to steal America’s most precious nuclear secrets; Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot who was captured when his plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the closed cities of central Russia; and Frederic Pryor, alias Rudolf Abel, a young American graduate student in Berlin mistakenly identified as a spy, East Germany’s secret police.
The exchange that frigid day at two of the most sensitive points along the Iron Curtain represented the first step back from where the superpowers had stood since the building of the Berlin Wall the previous summer--on the brink of World War III. The dramatic events behind the oscar-winning film, bridge of Spies, tracing the paths leading to the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie on February 10, 1962.
He reveals the dramatic lives of men drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the tragicomedy of errors that eventually induced Nikita Khrushchev to send missiles to Fidel Castro. Drawing on new interviews conducted in the united states, among them frederic Pryor himself and the man who shot down Gary Powers, Europe and Russia with key players in the exchange and the events leading to it, Bridge of Spies captures a time when the fate of the world really did depend on coded messages on microdots and brave young men in pressure suits.
Zoomies, Subs, and Zeros Annotated
Bush - from japanese planes as well as from death at sea. Author charles lockwood hellcats of the sea, sink 'em All brings his usual flair for submarine stories to this eye-witness narrative of the hair-raising adventures of this little-known sub-division of the US Naval Fleet. Includes annotations and images.
W. As air battles with japanese fighter planes increased over the Pacific toward the end of World War 2, the Submarine Lifeguard League was formed to rescue downed aviators who had zoomed into the drink. The league helped save the lives of hundreds of Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps pilots - including future President George H.
The Great War Generals on the Western Front, 1914-1918
Absolutely first class: an eye opener for those brough up on the first world war myths’ –major-general julian thompson, cb, 1914’, ‘attrition: the great war on the western front, OBE‘One of our most readable military historians’ –The Birmingham Post‘A highly readable and thought-provoking book’ –Peter Simkins, Senior Historian at the Imperial War MuseumRobin Neillands is the author of several acclaimed works on the First World War including ‘The Old Contempibles: The British Expeditionary Force, 1916’ and ‘The Death of Glory’.
The verdict of history on the british generals of the First World War - Haig, French, Plumer, Gough and Byng - has been damning. They sent hundreds of thousands of young men to their deaths on the Western Front - often needlessly. It essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the conflict. But is it fair? in this explosive book, robin neillands challenges the popular myth about the incompetence and callousness of the Great War generals and examines the battles of the Western Front through the eyes of the officers to explain the circumstances that led them to plan and fight as they did.
The death toll on the western front provides the main evidence against the generals but neillands examines many other factors and spreads responsibility far beyond the generals and their staff, asking the questions:· why was britain so unprepared for a European war in 1914?· What role did the British politicians play?· What was the truth behind Anglo-French relations?· Can the Australians and Canadians really take credit for the great victories of the War?· Was the arrival of the American army really decisive?· Was any general really equipped with the knowledge and information to deal with the horrors of trench warfare?· How much of what we now believe about the Great War is true?This thoroughly researched and controversial book shatters many assumptions about the commanders who led the British Army through the Great War.
Admiral Halsey's Story
Navy. The account begins with a brief overview of his years in school and early years with the navy where he fought in the First World War and served in Mexico and Greece as he rose through the ranks to become vice admiral just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Halsey’s life was dramatically altered with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as through the next four years he rose from relative obscurity to become one of the most famous allied naval figures in the war.
The events of halsey’s life through world war two are split into three sections in the book and are covered in wonderful detail:Firstly he uncovers the details of his command of a carrier task force in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor until May 1942. Next the book discusses his life as Commander of the South Pacific Area and its forces which lasted until June 1944.
And finally the book gives an in-depth overview of the final year of the war when Halsey was commander of the U. S. Halsey was an american admiral in the United States Navy during World War II. Admiral William F. Third Fleet. During the war halsey had continually acted with bravery and speed and all of his most famous actions are covered through the book such as how he directed the campaigns in the Solomons and led the attacks on the Carolines and New Britain.
The book is pure halsey — the personal yarn of a seagoing, fighting admiral who was forthright, often brilliant, but who possessed above all else, sometimes rash, honest, a natural modesty that enhanced his uncommon valor.
D-Days in the Pacific With the US Coastguard: The Story of Lucky Thirteen
He conveys the terror and horrors of war, the thrill, as well as, on occasion, while not neglecting the humor and cameraderie of wartime life. An exciting book, full of harrowing combat action, D Days in the Pacific also provides a valuable service in expanding our knowledge of exactly how World War II’s massive amphibious operations were undertaken.
Winner of the 2008 foundation for coast guard History Book AwardThe images of soldiers and marines coming ashore on hostile shores are embedded in our collective memory of World War II. But what of the sailors who manned the landing craft, often nerve wracking story of how the united States projected its power across 6, Ken Wiley, a Coast Guardsman on an Attack Transport in the Pacific, their craft the special targets of enemy gunners?In this book, relates the intricate, going back and forth under fire with nowhere to take cover, 000 miles in the teeth of fanatical Japanese resistance.
Each invasion was a swirl of moving parts, the smaller Higgins boats LCVPs, from frogmen to fire support, transport mother ships to Attack Transports, and during the last terrifying stage the courageous men who would storm the beaches. The author participated in the campaigns for the Marshall Islands, the Marianas the Philippines and Okinawa, such as ferrying wounded, and with a precise eye for detail relates numerous aspects of landing craft operations, that are often discounted.
The Fall of Europe
But it was corroding from within before the Allies stormed the walls. The fall of Europe tells us why. Fred majdalany's sweeping history condenses an enormous amount of material with precision and grace, unraveling the story of the Nazi collapse and offering fresh insights into the men who shaped the most massive of wars.
He boasted his empire would last a thousand years; it collapsed within a decade. This was adolf hitler's europe - the formidable fortress that cast its last shadow across half the world and which, indeed, seemed nearly ready to sustain itself for a millennium.
No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory
With a perspective gleaned from newspapers, and newsreels of the day, periodicals, Corsi paints a riveting portrait of one of the most important battles in world history. Corsi’s analysis is based on a record of oral histories along with original field maps used by field commanders, battle orders, and other documentation made at the time of the military command.
It was nothing short of miraculous. In december of 1944, an outmanned, outgunned, and surrounded US force fought Hitler’s overwhelming Panzer divisions to a miraculous standstill at Bastogne. Jerome corsi’s newest opus, no greater valor, examines the Siege of Bastogne—one of the most heroic victories of WWII—with a focus on the surprising faith of the Americans who fought there.
The underdogs had saved the war for the Allies.