Thunderbolt From the Battle of the Bulge to Vietnam and Beyond General Creighton Abrams and The Army of His Times He s been called the greatest American general since Ulysses Grant the world s champion tank commander a pure soldier and affectionately General Abe Yet relatively little is known by the general

  • Title: Thunderbolt- From the Battle of the Bulge to Vietnam and Beyond: General Creighton Abrams and The Army of His Times
  • Author: Lewis Sorley
  • ISBN: 9780671701154
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • He s been called the greatest American general since Ulysses Grant, the world s champion tank commander, a pure soldier, and, affectionately, General Abe Yet relatively little is known by the general public about this man who, for than four decades, in three wars and in peacetime service, demonstrated the skill, courage, integrity, and compassion that made him a leHe s been called the greatest American general since Ulysses Grant, the world s champion tank commander, a pure soldier, and, affectionately, General Abe Yet relatively little is known by the general public about this man who, for than four decades, in three wars and in peacetime service, demonstrated the skill, courage, integrity, and compassion that made him a legend in his profession Now, in Thunderbolt, Lewis Sorley brings us the definitive biography of General Creighton Abrams, placing the man and his achievements within the context of the Army he served and ultimately led, and of the national and international events in which he played a vital role Meticulously researched and richly detailed, Thunderbolt explores the brilliant career of this authentic military hero, from cadet to Army Chief of Staff A classic American success story, Creighton Abrams graduated from West Point in 1936 and spent four years as a troop officer in the 7th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, before joining the newly established Ard Force in 1940 He served with the 4th Ard Division throughout World War II, first as commander of the 37th Tank Battalion, later as Combat Command commander During that war, he won two Distinguished Service Crosses, led the tank column that broke through the Nazi encirclement of the 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge, and used up or wore out seven tanks, all of them named Thunderbolt A complex and sophisticated man, Abrams was equally capable, whether leading a tank column across Europe or overseeing Army troops on civil rights duty during integration at the University of Mississippi In Vietnam, he further proved his tactical skill and diplomacy as commander of U.S forces during the four difficult years of the American withdrawal Thunderbolt sheds new light on these largely neglected latter years of the Vietnam conflict, showing how Abrams radically revised the approach to fighting the war and achieved unprecedented s

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    1. "'By people I do not mean end strength,' he would emphasize, 'I do not mean MOS's [military occupational specialties], I do not mean files, I do not mean any such categories that deal with people as a commodity. I mean people as individual human beings who make up the squads and the companies and the divisions, and upon whom our security ultimately depends. They have confidence and anxieties. They have abilities and shortcomings. They have ideas, ideals, hopes -- and some uncertainties and fears [...]

    2. Another general worthy of study by our country's military leaders. Pretty one-sided and uncritical book, though. Viet Nam was way more complex than Sorley makes it out to be, I think!Creighton Abrams deserves a better researched biography in the future. Maybe Carlos D'Este could give it a shot, though he seems mainly interested in WW II.

    3. Not as well-written as some biographies that I've enjoyed. But this book is thoroughly-researched and informative. I continue to revise my perspective on Vietnam and some of the actors.

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