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On July 11, 1943, General Lucian Truscott received the Army's second-highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross, for valor in action in Sicily. During his career he also received the Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Purple Heart. Truscott was one of the most significant of all U.S. Army generals in World War II, pioneering new combat training methods—including the famous “Truscott Trot”— and excelling as a combat commander, turning the Third Infantry Division into one of the finest divisions in the U.S. Army. He was instrumental in winning many of the most important battles of the war, participating in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, Anzio, and southern France. Truscott was not only respected by his peers and “dogfaces”—common soldiers—alike but also ranked by President Eisenhower as second only to Patton, whose command he took over on October 8, 1945, and led until April 1946.

 

            Yet no definitive history of his life has been compiled. Wilson Heefner corrects that with the first authoritative biography of this distinguished American military leader. Heefner has undertaken impressive research in primary sources—as well as interviews with family members and former associates—to shed new light on this overlooked hero. He presents Truscott as a soldier who was shaped by his upbringing, civilian and military education, family life, friendships, and evolving experiences as a commander both in and out of combat.

 

Heefner’s brisk narrative explores Truscott’s career through his three decades in the Army and defines his roles in key operations. It also examines Truscott’s postwar role as military governor of Bavaria, particularly in improving living conditions for Jewish displaced persons, removing Nazis from civil government, and assisting in the trials of German war criminals. And it offers the first comprehensive examination of his subsequent career in the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as senior CIA representative in West Germany during the early days of the Cold War, and later as CIA Director Allen Dulles’s deputy director for coordination in Washington.

 

Dogface Soldier is a portrait of a man who earned a reputation for being honest, forthright, fearless, and aggressive, both as a military officer and in his personal life—a man who, at the dedication ceremony for the Anzio-Nettuno American cemetery in 1945, turned away from the crowd and to the thousands of crosses stretching before him to address those buried there. Heefner has written a definitive biography of a great soldier and patriot.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Series Information, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Maps
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction: To Think Like an Army
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 1: The Early Years
  2. pp. 9-19
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  1. Chapter 2: On the Road to High Command
  2. pp. 20-30
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  1. Chapter 3: Prelude to War
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. Chapter 4: Birth of the Rangers
  2. pp. 39-51
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  1. Chapter 5: Operation TORCH: The Invasion of North Africa
  2. pp. 52-71
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  1. Chapter 6: Duty with Ike
  2. pp. 72-96
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  1. Chapter 7: Operation HUSKY: The Battle for Sicily
  2. pp. 97-124
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  1. Chapter 8: Fighting on the “Boot”
  2. pp. 125-144
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  1. Chapter 9: Anzio and the Road to Rome
  2. pp. 145-180
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  1. Chapter 10: Southern France
  2. pp. 181-215
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  1. Chapter 11: Army Command
  2. pp. 216-231
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  1. Chapter 12: The Final Offensive
  2. pp. 232-246
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  1. Chapter 13: The Postwar Years
  2. pp. 247-270
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  1. Chapter 14: Duty with the CIA
  2. pp. 271-288
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  1. Chapter 15: The Last Years
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 291-296
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  1. Glossary and Abbreviations
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. Code Names
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 303-342
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 343-358
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 359-377
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. BC-BC
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826272126
Related ISBN
9780826218827
MARC Record
OCLC
868218158
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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