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"Military historian Carafano describes how the US Army (his old outfit) transmuted from an industrial-age to a postmodern military on the battlefields of Normandy in the summer of 1944. The soldiers drew on the inspiration of their fathers' way of war, he explains, added the ingenuity of the The Greatest Generation, and presaged the military of the 21st century."
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"For the serious student of World War II, GI Ingenuity: Improvisation, Technology and Winning World War Two, by James Jay Carafano, is a devotee's study of American combat adaptation and creativity. GIs in Iraq continue the tradition."
Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)
"Carafano investigates the battles that followed D-Day in Normandy through the prism of improvisation that came, in his opinion, to characterize the American GI. Nine chapters blend together military, technological, and social histories as a means to prove that the U.S. soldier had a unique genius to adjust to new combat conditions…. Carafano's knowledge shines when he recounts the battles, and enthusiasts will appreciate his asides…. Recommended. General, graduate, researcher, professional collections."
"Although its subtitle ties GI Ingenuity to World War II, it presents those battlefield vignettes within a framework convincingly built on the lessons of World War I and even earlier conflicts. Specifically, several of Carafano's earliest threads extend all the way back to the 1830s and what he identifies as Prussian Gen. Carl von Clausewitz's indifference to technology…. In creating his own foundation for this excellent book, Carafano builds on Clausewitz's vision of general military genius…. The scope and creativity covered in GI Ingenuity go well beyond material solutions…. An important aspect of GI Ingenuity is the credit given to many of the Army's individual leaders, throughout the 20th century, who left their unique marks on the constructed edifice of GI ingenuity. Moreover, Carafano's individual highlights are followed by reasonable assessment of a continuing leadership legacy that is already being proven during the first decade of the 21st century."