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General Jacob Devers: World War II's Forgotten Four Star (edition 2015)

by John A. Adams (Author)

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Title:General Jacob Devers: World War II's Forgotten Four Star
Authors:John A. Adams (Author)
Info:Indiana University Press (2015), 456 pages
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Tags:Jacob Devers, American, Biography, Generals, World War Two

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General Jacob Devers: World War II's Forgotten Four Star by John A. Adams



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I oscillated back and forth on whether to give this book three or only two and a half stars and mostly handed out the higher mark on the basis that if you want to read a military life of "Jakey" Devers this is pretty much it. Some Amazon reviewers have wondered whether there was enough primary source material to do a full biography of this man but there seems to be enough. My suspicion is that the author wanted to write a folksy, exemplary tale of a man he obviously admires but is probably glossing over Devers' personal faults, which seem to be a tendency to act first and ask questions later (which Devers consciously argued was a virtue) , an implied sarcastic mentality (Joe Stilwell was Devers' first mentor) and perhaps not wearing his ambition all that lightly. Eisenhower's suspicion was also that Devers was being carried operationally by men like Lucien Truscott and "Sandy" Patch. There does seem to be no argument though that Devers was a fine organizer, a good manager of technology and was mostly successful in managing affairs with the Free French military hierarchy. ( )
  Shrike58 | Nov 14, 2017 |
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Of the leaders of the American Army in World War II, Jacob Devers is undoubtedly the "forgotten four star." Plucked from relative obscurity in the Canal Zone, Devers was one of four generals selected by General of the Army George Marshall in 1941 to assist him in preparing the Army for war. He quickly became known in Army circles for his "can do" attitude and remarkable ability to cut through red tape. Among other duties, he was instrumental in transforming Ft. Bragg, then a small Army post, into a major training facility. As head of the armored force, Devers contributed to the development of a faster, more heavily armored tank, equipped with a higher velocity gun that could stand up to the more powerful German tanks, and helped to turn American armor into an effective fighting force. In spring 1943, Devers replaced Dwight Eisenhower as commander of the European Theater of Operations, then was given command of the 6th Army Group that invaded the south of France and fought its way through France and Germany to the Austrian border. In the European campaign to defeat Hitler, Eisenhower had three subordinate army group commanders—British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, Omar S. Bradley, and Jacob Devers. The first two are well-known—here the third receives the attention he properly deserves.

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