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Eisenhower's Armies : The American-British Alliance During World War II
by Niall Barr


Overview - The Anglo-American relationship from 1941-1945 proved to be the most effective military alliance in history. Yet there were also constant tensions and disagreements that threatened to pull the alliance apart. This book highlights why the unprecedented level of cooperation between the very different American and British forces eventually led to victory but also emphasizes the tensions and controversies which inevitably arose.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The Anglo-American relationship from 1941-1945 proved to be the most effective military alliance in history. Yet there were also constant tensions and disagreements that threatened to pull the alliance apart. This book highlights why the unprecedented level of cooperation between the very different American and British forces eventually led to victory but also emphasizes the tensions and controversies which inevitably arose. Based on considerable archival research on both sides of the Atlantic, this work considers the breadth and depth of the relationship from high-level strategic decisions, the rivalries and personalities of the commanders to the ordinary British and American soldiers who fought alongside one another. The book also looks back and demonstrates how the legacy of previous experience shaped the decisions of the war.

Eisenhower's Armies is the story of two very different armies learning to live, work, and fight together even in the face of serious strategic disagreements. The book is also a very human story about the efforts of many individuals--famous or otherwise--who worked and argued together to defeat Hitler's Germany. In highlighting the cooperation, tensions, and disagreements inherent in this military alliance, this work shows that Allied victory was far from pre-ordained and proves that the business of making this alliance work was vital for eventual success. Thus this dynamic new history provides a fresh perspective on many of the controversies and critical strategic decisions of World War II. As such, this book provides expert analysis of the Anglo-American military alliance as well as new insights into the 'special relationship' of the mid-twentieth century.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781605988160
  • ISBN-10: 1605988162
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 544
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.65 pounds


Related Categories

Books > History > Military - World War II
Books > History > Military - United States
Books > History > Europe - Great Britain - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this detailed yet accessible military history, Barr (Pendulum of War), senior lecturer in defense studies at Kings College, London, provides a comprehensive account of the legendary WWII Anglo-American alliance, which witnessed as much tension and conflict as it did cooperation. During Britains dire situation in the early stages of the European war, the U.S. stepped in to lend weaponry and help ensure Britains survival, which was far from assured. After extensive and strained debate over military strategy, and tense technological competition (yet eventual collaboration) over suitable tank designs, the two armies coordinated effectively to form a united force to expel Axis forces from North Africa. This represented a great experiment in Allied cooperation, though further tension and strategic disagreement among high-level commanders ensued as the Allies crossed the Rhine and advanced into Germany. Cultural differences, differing military structures and procedures, and mutual suspicion caused animosity throughout the military campaign, though Barr identifies Eisenhower as a force for unity who overcame this considerable clash of military cultures. Relying on sound scholarshipincluding key planning documents and meeting notesand writing for a general audience, Barr guides readers through the numerous ups and downs of the fraught relationship and highlights dramatic moments of both crisis and success. (Dec.)

 
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