I am certain the spirit of General Wedemeyer would be astonished by the amazing tribute Dr. John McLaughin has provided him with this book. Through passion-fueled and painstaking research, Dr. McLaughlin left no stone unturned to get the "story right". This is the first book I did not rush through to finish. I found myself transported back in time while discovering such a critical figure in our history whom I never have heard about before. When I first heard that the book was about General Wedemeyer, I said, "who" and after I read his book I said "wow". Dr. McLaughlin, a true lawyer, doesn't just tell the reader General Wedemeyer was a genuine war hero...he proves it. He also shows how the General's background & experiences played a key role in the development of his character, mind-set & skills set...the elements of an effective strategist. My advice for the candidates in the upcoming elections is to read this book and then begin telling us your strategies rather than promoting your promises. I am sure General Wedemeyer's family is extremely grateful to have such a distinguished book published that will help keep his legacy alive. It is also important to note that the book's author, Dr. John McLaughlin founded & moderates NJ's only WW2 Book Club & Lecture Series. He is a WW2 veteran who is passionate about sharing WW2 stories, respecting those that served and finding the truth behind & interesting facts about important historical events. Dr. Mc Laughlin is also a true hero!
This book is a must-have for all history buffs, teachers of history, and students of history. The updated and extensive research behind it most likely are the most comprehensive and current information available to date. The author has executed a mammoth amount of research using a truly amazing variety of reputable sources.
It is clear from the start and throughout every chapter that the author has a fervent passion for General Wedemeyer and all that he experienced in his life. This enthusiasm and zeal is exemplified with the utmost respect, esteem, and understanding of the man-as a human being and as a military figure. Often in the book, while discussing complex military details and events, Dr. Mclaughlin does not exclude or separate what made up the man from the military figure. It is this passion and understanding of Wedemeyer that drives this story.
Explaining the significance of Wedemeyer's experience at the German Kriegsakademie, combined with his innate exceptional visionary skills and tactical knowledge, are behind a good part of understanding what a huge figure he played during these years. But once reading this book and its scrupulous details, it is easy to regard General Wedemeyer as an unsung hero whose hands were very often tied-in frustration to him, and perhaps in poor outcome for the U.S. One feels empathy for him while reading some of the lesser known history.
There are many famous and familiar names mentioned in this book as it describes and relays the inner workings of the times. Inter-country communications and accountings of meetings and letters and discussions are so meticulously documented here that one feels they are able to envision and grasp the entire history of it in great detail.Read more ›
The author has done a superb job bring together the minds & actions of prominent figures of our military history. He has highlighted the many unrecognized achievements of A C Wedemeyer, the architect of the Victory Plan, who had become a thorn in Churchill's side and was pushed off to a far away region, out of the way. From the quick action of Wedemeyer's Berlin Lift orchestration, to his assessment report of China, which was 'tucked away' for two years, that may have prevented a Communist take over, and may have avoided the Korean & Vietnam Wars, had his report been heeded. With much research and remarks from other high ranking officials that worked with/or against the General, Dr. John McLaughlin has exposed all sides to the disagreements and praises that occurred throughout the WW2 era. I found it very informative in his comparing the different view points, of these men. It really brings it together in understanding the planning that molded our world today. I salute the author on a brilliant piece of work. I am sure my Grandfather is smiling, the dream he had for Keith Eihler's uncompleted work, has finally found it's ways to Dr. McLaughlin, & he picked up the reins and took on this elaborate task. May the long over due recognition of this humble, true Patriot finally be recognized. I feel great appreciation in all the hours Dr. McLaughlin has spent in bringing my Grandfather into a light, he himself, would have preferred not to stand in. As a child he would sing to me, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." Dr. McLaughlin, has proven this song wrong, as Granddad continuing to live on in the pages of his book!
Author John McLaughlin has penned a compelling, educational book explaining why General Albert C. Wedemeyer was one of America's unsung heroes of World War II. He paints a picture of a great strategic thinker who developed the original plan and strategy for the successful D-Day invasion, one of the most complex and successful military operations of World War II. Yet, he was denied the opportunity to partake in it.
Winston Churchill favored a "boa constrictor" approach to defeating Germany by progressively squeezing the life out of its ability to wage war, while Wedemeyer favored a "rattlesnake" approach by striking a devastating blow on D-Day. He was no match for the powerful Prime Minister, who exerted his influence to have him removed from the European war-planning process. This would not be the last time Churchill would influence the removal of an American officer. In this case, Wedemeyer was transferred from the European Theater to the Pacific Theater. Nevertheless, Wedemeyer's recommended approach was carried out successfully, prompting Army chief of staff George C. Marshall to cable him upon the success of the cross-channel invasion, stating: "Your plan has worked."
In China, Wedemeyer put his skills to good use, but with frustrating results. He foresaw that China was heading toward Communism, and recommended support for China's Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek instead of China's Communists under Mao Zedong. General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell and key State Department officials viewed the Nationalists and its leader as weak and corrupt. Wedemeyer foresaw that non-support of the Nationalists could result in a Communist China, and he considered Communism to be as bad as or worse than Fascism and Nazism.Read more ›