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Battalion commanders at war : U.S. Army tactical leadership in the Mediterranean Theater, 1942-1943

Author: Steven Thomas Barry
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2013]
Series: Modern war studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Most histories of the U.S. Army in World War II view the Mediterranean Theater of Operations primarily as a deadly training ground for very green forces, where lessons learned on beaches of Oran, in hills of the Kasserine Pass area, and at the collapse of the Tunis bridgehead all contributed to later success in Western Europe. Steven Barry, however, contends that victory in the MTO would not have materialized  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Thomas Barry
ISBN: 9780700618996 0700618996
OCLC Number: 818143714
Description: x, 258 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: West Point evolution --
A new approach in the classroom --
Forging cadets into soldiers: tactical training --
Into the gym and onto the fields --
Role models --
Forging leaders beyond the Hudson --
Regular Army training --
The Civilian Conservation Corps and New Deal impacts --
The Thomason Act diversifies --
The next step: Army service schools --
The Army General Headquarters maneuvers --
Wading in with Torch --
The Western Task Force arrives in Morocco --
Mixed results: elite units at Oran --
Waters at the Torch landings --
The Big Red One at Oran --
The training of one division: 1st Armored Division --
The Eastern Assault Force at Algiers --
The race for Tunisia --
Battalion leadership in the fight for Chouigui Pass --
Medjez el Bab: indicators of weak leadership --
The struggle to coordinate at Longstop Hill --
Evaluating armored warfare data --
A long February in the Tunisian passes --
Marooned infantrymen: the 168th committed by the II Corps --
Hightower, leadership traits, and defeat at Faid Pass --
Alger, overwhelming numbers, and the defeat at Sidi Bou Zid --
Stopping the bleeding at Kasserine --
A greenless spring to end Tunisia --
Operational leadership challenges --
From el Guettar to Matuer: the infantry divisions put it all together --
Howze, battle plays, and the breakthrough at Mateur --
Cole and the issue of greenness --
The last first battle, Sicily --
Thunderbirds rising: building learning organizations prior to combat --
Rock of the Marne overcoming friction at Licata --
The Fighting First at Gela --
Paratroopers in action against armor --
Conclusion --
Historiography essay.
Series Title: Modern war studies.
Other Titles: U.S. Army tactical leadership in the Mediterranean Theater, 1942-1943
Responsibility: Steven Thomas Barry.

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Examines the largely unsung leadership of U.S. Army battalion commanders in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations of World War II and concludes that they were hugely instrumental in overcoming  Read more...

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""Battalion Commanders at War" is an important read for students of the U.S. Army, and not merely during World War II."--"New York Military Affairs Symposium Review"

 
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