Feuding Allies: The Private Wars of the High Command

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A historic alliance between nations at war determined to defeat the Axis armies was more a façade than it was a meeting of the minds. Behind the solidarity lay raging conflicts that threatened to overrun each country involved. This book reveals the full extent of the internal conflicts that threatened the high command.

Working from transcripts of planning meetings, declassified communiques, and the private diaries of such luminaries as Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, ...

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Overview


A historic alliance between nations at war determined to defeat the Axis armies was more a façade than it was a meeting of the minds. Behind the solidarity lay raging conflicts that threatened to overrun each country involved. This book reveals the full extent of the internal conflicts that threatened the high command.

Working from transcripts of planning meetings, declassified communiques, and the private diaries of such luminaries as Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, de Gualle, Eisenhower, and MacArthur, Breuer weaves together a narrative of the incessant bickering and wrangling, jealousies and interservice rivalries, suspicion and paranoia that threatened the Allied forces. 34 photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Breuer, a writer of popular histories of WWII (Hoodwinking Hitler), focuses here on personality clashes and policy conflicts within the Allied coalition in WWII. Politicians and generals alike sometimes seemed to spend more time feuding with each other than fighting the Axis, according to Breuer, who emphasizes the human aspects of these feuds. The Allied leaders were men of strong will who deferred readily to no one. Substantive differences within and among the states of the alliance were correspondingly magnified. What was unusual was Allied success at compromising or camouflaging such divisions as the three-way tensions among Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt; the tempestuous relationship between supreme Allied commander Dwight D. Eisenhower and British field marshal Bernard L. Montgomery; and the Pacific rivalry between Army and Navy long enough to destroy their common enemies. A breezy read for military/diplomatic history buffs. Photos. (Oct.)
Roland Green
The twenty-second book by prolific popular military historian Breuer discusses the infighting at the highest Allied command levels during World War II. Allies were ranged against allies, services against services, and individual statesmen and generals against each other. The intensity of the conflicts is worthy of Hollywood melodrama, but its truth is quite adequately documented, as Breuer demonstrates while focusing on Anglo-American relations and adding some of the painful episodes involving Charles de Gaulle for good measure. The book is not free from minor errors and is definitely partial to Douglas MacArthur and equally antipathetic to Bernard Montgomery. Still, it is a valuable resource for World War II students who are somewhat familiar with the general course of events but lack access to the acres of sources Breuer has drawn on to produce a single coherent narrative. Highly recommended for most World War II collections.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780785822554
  • Publisher: Castle Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM B. BREUER is one of today's most popular military historians and the critically acclaimed author of twenty-two books. Some of his previous titles include MacArthur's Undercover War and The Great Raid on Cabanatuan (both published by Wiley), Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception, and Race to the Moon: How Hitler's Rocket Scientists Put America on the Moon.
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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:
A TIME OF PERIL.
Washington: Hotbed of Rivalries.
A "Sales Force" Goes to London.
A Showdown Over Strategy.
A Visit with Uncle Joe.
Uproar Over the Little Fella.
Dueling with Joan of Arc.
TURNING OF THE TIDE.
Plot and Counterplot.
Brawls in Cairo and Teheran.
A Stranded Whale at Anzio.
Patton: Frame-Up Target?.
Bogged Down in Normandy.
ROAD TO VICTORY.
A Meeting with ``Mr.
Big''.
A Gut-Wrenching Discussion.
Vinegar Joe, Peanut, and Dragon Lady.
The Great War of Words.
"Today the Guns Are Silent".
Notes.
Selected Bibliography.
Index.
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