Taking Command: General J. Lawton Collins from Guadalcanal to Utah Beach and Victory in Europe

Taking Command: General J. Lawton Collins from Guadalcanal to Utah Beach and Victory in Europe

by H. Paul Jeffers
     
 

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Known as "the GI's general" and "Lighting Joe," General J. Lawton Collins played a global part in the Allied victory of World War II. Commanding troops in both the Pacific and European theaters, Collins led forces at the bloody assault on Guadalcanal and headed VII Crops until the war's end. He was an integral part of the planning of D-Day, he drove back the

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Known as "the GI's general" and "Lighting Joe," General J. Lawton Collins played a global part in the Allied victory of World War II. Commanding troops in both the Pacific and European theaters, Collins led forces at the bloody assault on Guadalcanal and headed VII Crops until the war's end. He was an integral part of the planning of D-Day, he drove back the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge, and he consistently led the charge into the thick of battle.

Yet, more than sixty years later, Collins remains both an enigma and an unsung hero of World War II.

This is the story of an American patriot who earned the admiration of lowly grunts and the respect of the highest-ranking generals. Collins was-and remains-a true leader of men with his ironclad devotion to duty, his genuine concern for those under his command, and his seemingly unending drive to defend his nation against all enemies-no matter where the fight took him.

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Library Journal

This is a biography of one of only three World War II generals who commanded troops in both the Pacific and the European theaters. Gen. Lawton J. Collins graduated from the Military Academy in 1918, just missing combat service, and eventually rose to be a highly effective corps commander, an army chief of staff, and an ambassador. Nearly all of the text here relates to World War II, with not much on either Collins's prewar experiences or his personal life. For subject collections.
—Edwin Burgess

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451229830
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

H. Paul Jeffers is the author of seventy books and has been a broadcast journalist for more than 30 years. He lives in New York City.

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