General Jacob Devers: World War II's Forgotten Four Star

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Indiana University Press, 18.2.2015 - 456 sivua
A “solid and informative” biography of one of the overlooked heroes of the Second World War (Wall Street Journal).
 
Of the leaders of the American Army in World War II, Jacob Devers is undoubtedly the “forgotten four-star.” Plucked from relative obscurity in the Canal Zone, Devers was one of four generals selected by General of the Army George Marshall in 1941 to assist him in preparing the Army for war. He quickly became known in Army circles for his “can do” attitude and remarkable ability to cut through red tape. Among other duties, he was instrumental in transforming Ft. Bragg, then a small Army post, into a major training facility. As head of the armored force, Devers contributed to the development of a faster, more heavily armored tank, equipped with a higher velocity gun that could stand up to the more powerful German tanks, and helped to turn American armor into an effective fighting force. In spring 1943, Devers replaced Dwight Eisenhower as commander of the European Theater of Operations, then was given command of the 6th Army Group that invaded the south of France and fought its way through France and Germany to the Austrian border. In the European campaign to defeat Hitler, Eisenhower had three subordinate army group commanders: British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, Omar S. Bradley, and Jacob Devers. The first two are well-known; here the third receives the attention he properly deserves.
 

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Prologue
3
1 Early Years
5
2 The Interwar Years
21
3 Marshall Recognizes Devers
35
4 Chief of Armored Force
52
5 The Debate over Doctrine
72
6 Commander ETO
94
7 Deputy Supreme Commander MTO
118
12 Into the Cold Vosges
216
13 Cross the Rhine?
233
14 Throw Down at Vittel and Its Aftermath
261
15 Nordwind Strikes Devers
290
16 The Colmar Pocket Finally Collapses
315
17 Undertone to Austria
334
18 Postwar
372
Epilogue
390

8 The French and a Southern Front
140
9 Dragooned
157
10 Up the Rhône Valley
176
11 An End to Champagne
193

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John A. Adams is author of The Battle for Western Europe, Fall 1944 (IUP, 2010) and If Mahan Ran the Great Pacific War (IUP, 2008).

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