The commanders : the leadership journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel

by Clark, Lloyd, 1967-

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From an acclaimed military historian, the interlocking lives of three of the most important and consequential generals in World War II

Born in the two decades prior to World War I, George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel became among the most recognized and successful military leaders of the 20th century. However, as acclaimed military historian Lloyd Clark reveals in his penetrating and insightful braided chronicle of their lives, they charted very different, often interrupted, paths to their ultimate leadership positions commanding hundreds of thousands of troops during World War II and celebrated as heroes in the United States, Britain, and Germany.

Patton was born into a military family and from an early age felt he was destined for glory; following a disjointed childhood, Montgomery found purpose and direction in a military academy; Rommel's father was a former officer, so his pursuit of a military career was logical. Having ascended to the middle ranks, each faced battle for the first time in World War I, a searing experience that greatly influenced their future approach to war and leadership. When war broke out again in 1939, Montgomery and Rommel were immediately engaged, while Patton chafed until the U.S. joined the Allies in 1942 and the three men, by then generals, collided in North Africa in 1943, and then again, climactically, in France after D-Day in 1944.

Weaving letters, diary extracts, official reports, and other documents into his original narrative, recounting dramatic battles as they developed on the ground and at headquarters, Clark also explores the controversies that swirled around Patton, Montgomery, and Rommel throughout their careers, sometimes threatening to derail them. Ultimately, however, their unique abilities to bridge the space between leader and led cemented their legendary reputations.

Early years and junior leaders, 1880s-1914
First combat, 1914-16
Hard-won experience, 1917-18
New challenges
leading in peace, 1919-1931
Taking command, 1932-1939
A new war, 1940-1941
Three in North Africa, 1942-1943
Three in north-west Europe, 1944-1945
George S. Patton, Bernard Montgomery and the post-war world.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Historian Clark (Blitzkrieg) presents a fascinating group portrait of three of WWII's most innovative and illustrious generals. A fierce advocate for tank warfare, George Patton commanded the Western Task Force's invasion of Morocco in 1942, fought his way across Algeria and Tunisia, and helped conquer Sicily. Despite his often excessive behavior, including slapping and verbally abusing "battle-stressed" soldiers, Patton "led instinctively and authentically," according to Clark, especially during the Battle of the Bulge, when he repulsed a last-ditch onslaught by German forces. Elsewhere, Clark notes that Bernard Montgomery's decisive and "instinctively paternalistic" leadership style earned him a reputation as "the most difficult general in the British Army," but credits Montgomery's tactical skills and "fervent, rousing, and reassuring" words to Allied troops for the success of the D-Day invasion and the crucial victory at El Alamein in Egypt, where he tangled with Germany's "Desert Fox," Erwin Rommel. A "courageous, caring, and charismatic officer" with a reputation for keeping his troops alive, Rommel evacuated Axis forces from North Africa after El Alamein and saw his defensive efforts across France undermined by rival Axis commanders and Hitler's misjudgments. Falsely implicated in a plot to kill Hitler, he committed suicide in October 1944. Brimming with incisive character sketches and strategic analysis, this is a captivating study of leadership in action. (Nov.)"
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Subjects Patton, George S. -- (George Smith), -- 1885-1945 -- Military leadership.
Montgomery of Alamein, Bernard Law Montgomery, -- Viscount, -- 1887-1976 -- Military leadership.
Rommel, Erwin, -- 1891-1944 -- Military leadership.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Biography.
Generals -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
Publisher New York :Atlantic Monthly Press,2022
Edition First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xvii, 413 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-395) and index.
ISBN 9780802160225
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