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xiii Acknowledgments When I began discussing with Martin Blumenson what I should write after the Maurice Rose biography, he immediately suggested Omar Bradley. I was not enthusiastic and had no serious opinions about his generalship. One night after dinner at his beloved Cosmos Club, Martin put it to me directly. Write Bradley. I had a moment of self-­doubt usually well-­guarded. He dismissed that, and we continued to discuss it, up to our last conversation in 2005, but nearly a decade passed before I felt ready to write the book. I wrestled with it throughout . Nothing would make me happier than if the result justifies the confidence and mentorship of my friend, and titan of American military history. Many respected historians, serving and retired soldiers, friends, relatives, and strangers have read all or parts of the manuscript, made suggestions and corrections, and offered valuable advice. First among them is Carlo D’Este, the dean of American World War II historians, and my good friend. Roger Cirillo, the axe on the Bulge, has supported me since the beginning. Others who touched this work include Buford Alexander, Laure Aubuchon, Ray Bell, Wilson Blythe Jr., Olin Brewster, Fred Brown, Mark Calhoun, Robert Citino, Bruce Cohen, Conrad Crane, Lewis Dale, Melanie Dorsey, Stanley Falk, Len Fullenkamp, Paul Funk, David Glantz, Victor Gourevitch, Hrach Gregorian, Jon Guttman, Mike Haskew, Bryan Hockensmith, Jon Jordan, Cole Kingseed , Chris Kolakowski, Ken Kramer, Jim McGee, Dwight Mears, Ed Miller, Tom Morgan, Pat Murray, Dave Musick, Geoff Perret, Mark Reardon, Tom Ricks, Dan Rosenheim, Miles Siegel, Richard Sommers, Dick Swain, Gregory Urwin, Robert von Maier, and James Wheeler. Too many to be named, the officers and men of the Second and Third Armored Division Associations put me on the path to my work. They are almost all gone now, but I still xiv Acknowledgments tell their stories, and their interviews, recollections, diaries, letters, photos, newspaper clippings, and unit histories inform much of the context of this book. The Andrew Barr Third Armored Division Archives at the University of Illinois has been particularly important. The records of a fighting division are stored there, as well as related documents from relevant corps, army, and army group. My dozen visits to the US Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC ), in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, were the foundation of this biography. That wonderful place holds the best Omar Bradley collections, and related materials , of any institution. Over two decades I have met and worked with many of the archivists, directors, and other personnel. All of them guided my research with great professionalism, knowledge, and sharp instincts. Because of their confidence and recommendations, I was awarded a General and Mrs. Matthew Ridgway Research Award in 2014 from the US Army War College to support this biography. I hope they like it. The other major repository of Omar Bradley papers is at West Point, most importantly in Special Collections in the old library, where I spent many pleasant days. Suzanne Cristoff and staff helped maximize my visits, but I was very lucky to make a wonderful friend, Alan Aimone, who worked in Special Collections for many years. He has a vast knowledge of materials and sources on many and varied subjects, not least baseball. I treasure his counsel and miss our lunches at the Thayer. His advice permeates this book. Numerous museums, institutions, and archives enriched my research, including the Library of Congress, US National Archives, Eisenhower, Truman , and FDR Presidential Libraries, George C. Marshall Foundation, First Infantry Division Museum, Command and General Staff College and its TRADOC affiliates, Patton Museum, National Park Service, American Battle Monument Commission, Association of the United States Army, Army Historical Foundation, National WWII Museum, Museum of American Jewish Military History, New York Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco State University Library, and Monterey Naval Postgraduate School. In England, the staffs of the UK National Archives, Kings College, London, the British Library, and the librarians at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, and the Royal Automobile Club were particularly helpful. Special thanks go to the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum for use of material from the papers of Lt. Col. Thomas S. Bigland, DSO. Discovery of the Bigland Papers was a breakthrough moment that gave this biography a unique point of view. It reflects my gratitude for the special relationship, already deepened by family. Acknowledgments xv Among the many government-­ supported and totally accessible historical resources, the most important institution for any ordinary citizen studying World War II or Korea...

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ISBN
9780826273925
Related ISBN
9780826221360
MARC Record
OCLC
1002300081
Pages
490
Launched on MUSE
2017-09-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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