For Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., the battle for Lorraine during the fall and winter of 1944 was a frustrating and grueling experience of static warfare. Plagued by supply shortages, critical interference from superiors, flooded rivers, fortified cities, and the highly determined German army, Patton had little opportunity to wage the type of fast armored campaign of which he was so enamored. Author John Rickard examines Patton's generalship during these bitter battles and suggests that Patton was unable to adapt to the new realities of the campaign, thereby failing to wage the most effective warfare possible. Relying on a broad range of historical sources, including personal papers and division after-action reports, this treatment of Patton's operational performance in Lorraine goes beyond the official history. It describes Patton's philosophy of war and explains why it failed him in Lorraine. Supplemented by full orders of battle, casualty and equipment loses, and excellent maps based on Hugh M. Cole's official U.S. Army history of the campaign, Patton at Bay,/i> is a penetrating study of one of America's best fighting generals.
"Required reading for scholars of World War II." -Armor
Required reading for scholars of World War II.
With its many lessons in leadership and operational art, this book is well worth reading.
"One of the few in-depth studies available of Patton's 'generalship' . . . A fast-paced, thoughtful study of command at the operational level, one written with the punch and pace of a good novel, yet with enough combat detail to please military students. This book is a must for World War II historians and soldiers studying the operational art."
|A Philosophy of Battle||p. 1|
|From Theory to Practice||p. 17|
|Orders of Battle||p. 29|
|Strategy, Logistics, and Perception||p. 51|
|Breaching the Line of the Moselle||p. 77|
|Opportunity and Counterattack||p. 101|
|The Problem of Metz||p. 117|
|Correcting the Army Line||p. 135|
|Planning for the November Offensive||p. 151|
|The Fall of Metz||p. 171|
|Advance to the West Wall||p. 199|
|Third Army Order of Battle||p. 243|
|German Order of Battle||p. 253|
|Casualties and Replacements||p. 259|
|Material Losses||p. 261|
|Third Army Operational Directives||p. 263|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 271|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 20+ years old
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0 x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Type: New edition