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By John Wukovits, Wesley K. Clark

Within the 3rd installment of the nice Generals sequence, WWII specialist John Wukovits explores Dwight D. Eisenhower's contributions to American battle. American normal and thirty fourth president of the us, Eisenhower led the attack at the French coast at Normandy and held jointly the Allied devices throughout the ecu crusade that undefined. The publication finds Eisenhower's advocacy within the pre-war years of the tank, his friendships with George Patton and Fox Conner, his carrier within the Philippines with Douglas MacArthur, and his culminating role as superb commander of Allied forces in Europe. Wukovits skillfully demonstrates how Eisenhower's evolution as a commander, his army doctrine, and his diplomatic abilities are of maximum significance in knowing glossy struggle.

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MacArthur took umbrage when Eisenhower berated the general’s decision in that year to accept from Quezon the position as field marshal of the Philippine army. ”10 An irate MacArthur never forgot what he considered an impudent question. A more serious issue arose over a planned military parade. To bring attention to the money-starved Filipino armed forces, MacArthur thought it would be a good idea to host an elaborate parade though Manila. He asked Eisenhower to start the arrangements. When Quezon learned of this extravagance, he angrily demanded to know who was responsible for arranging something that would drain badly needed funds from his army.

15 Based on Eisenhower’s record, this was a fair assessment. He attended West Point for the opportunity to play football and because the education was free, not because he yearned to be a general or cherished dreams of serving his country. Having amassed more demerits than accolades in his four years, Eisenhower finished a mediocre 61st academically out of 164 class members. He also ranked 125th in discipline. “KANSAS ISN’T THE WHOLE WORLD” 17 Nonetheless, he had his degree and commission, and now the young man from Kansas would see where it took him.

An elated Eisenhower prepared to attend Leavenworth, but he wondered if the fact that he did not attend Fort Benning would slow his progress. Conner assured him that the three years he spent as his chief of staff, where he wrote the kind of reports they taught at Fort Benning, provided all the preparation Eisenhower needed. His mentor knew what he was talking about. Eisenhower competed with 275 other officers in a rigorous course that tested their command skills. The army wanted to determine who could think under pressure, who could keep going even when they were tired and weary.

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