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By E.k.g. Sixsmith

"In the making of Allied strength Headquarters right into a really unmarried Allied inter-service headquarters, Eisenhower begun on a role that used to be to proceed through the war--and past. Its success was once might be greater than the other his unique contribution to the perform of war."Because he didn't truly command troops in conflict, Eisenhower has sometimes been underestimated by means of army writers. The Eisenhower quantity within the vintage "Military Commanders" sequence basically demonstrates that his association of the Allied attempt in Europe owed not anything to the practices in international struggle I and represented a decisive step forward within the behavior of struggle, rather in coalition war. Ike was once an army supervisor the ultimate, who additionally had the facility to encourage self assurance and loyalty between his subordinates of all nationalities. Eisenhower is so much heavily linked to the army precept of "Unity of Command," and his doctrines are extra appropriate this day than ever, on the planet of coalition armies and high-tech battlefields. normal Sixsmith's entire description of Eisenhower's international warfare II activities makes for rather attention-grabbing comparisons with the teachings forgotten in Vietnam and re-applied within the Persian Gulf.

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He entered West Point in 1911 and graduated four years later. He can hardly be said to have shown particular distinction there but was always in the top third of his class. His own account of his time2 makes much of the number of 'Demerits'the equivalent of a black markhe received, but he admits that he enjoyed life at West Point and was by no means below the average as a cadet. From the first his easy and above all optimistic nature earned him many friends. Among those in his own class was Omar Bradley and in the same company, but two years his junior, was Mark Clark.

The soldiers saw the problem one way and the sailors saw it rather differently. In this matter of services it must be remembered that there was no independent United States Air Force but only their Army Air Force and the carrier-borne naval airmen. Thus Eisenhower was brought up to look at a problem as much from an air as from an army point of viewa factor which was to show throughout his development and performance as a commander. The essential agreement which came out of the Arcadia Conference was the confirmation of the pre-war assumption that in a war against the Axis and Japan the United States would combine with her allies to defeat Germany first.

170 Page 7 meaning and value of military history. Eisenhower had taken away from West Point a hearty contempt for the routine instruction in military history. He had been made to learn by heart the name of every brigade commander in the opposing armies at Gettysburg and his action at every stage of the battle. No attempt had ever been made to show what was in the mind of the various commanders or what was the meaning of the battle. Conner, who had an excellent library, gradually introduced Eisenhower to the art of reading, and to thinking and talking about what he had read.

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