Command of Honor: General Lucian Truscott's Path to Victory in World War II.

Author:O'Sullivan, Curtis H.
Position:Book review
 
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Command of Honor: General Lucian Truscott's Path to Victory in World War II. By H. Paul Jeffers. New York: Penguin, 2009. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. Pp. viii, 326. $16.00 paperback. ISBN: 978-0-451-22684-6

I have to confess to a bias in favor of the subject of this book. I served under, or nearby, General Truscott from North Africa to the Rhine and acquired a strong respect for him. Since then, I've read a good share of the works about those times, including his Command Missions. The first part of this latest account is a biography of Truscott and gives a good picture of not only the general, but also the Regular Army of that era. The story then moves to the early part of World War II when Truscott was involved in the organization of the Army Rangers. He then became the first American general to see action in Europe. When the war ended, he was the only Army general to have commanded a regiment, division, corps, and army in that war.

The coverage Jeffers provides of Truscott's campaigns from Morocco to the Po River is excellent. Naturally, it is centered on his contributions, which gives a different approach from other histories. Jeffers is a journalist and writes in a nonacademic style. Not much has been written about our occupation of Germany and the war-crimes trials that followed...

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