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General Walter Krueger: Unsung Hero of the Pacific War (Modern War Studies (Hardcover)) Hardcover – February 16, 2007

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"Makes a genuine contribution to the literature on World War II." -- Edward Drea

"A lucid and definitive military biography that offers a convincing portrait of Krueger both as an army commander and as an individual subject to great pressures from both the enemy and his own immediate superior. Excellent." -- Stanley L. Falk

"Holzimmer's meticulously researched study rightfully places Krueger in the center of events between 1943 and 1945, helping to explain the achievements and frustrations of American commanders and soldiers as they pushed back the Japanese enemy." -- Michael Schaller

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"Holzimmer's meticulously researched study rightfully places Krueger in the center of events between 1943 and 1945, helping to explain the achievements and frustrations of American commanders and soldiers as they pushed back the Japanese enemy."-Michael Schaller, author of Douglas MacArthur: The Far Eastern General

"A lucid and definitive military biography that offers a convincing portrait of Krueger both as an army commander and as an individual subject to great pressures from both the enemy and his own immediate superior. Excellent."-Stanley L. Falk, former Chief Historian, U.S. Air Force, and author of Decision at Leyte

"Makes a genuine contribution to the literature on World War II."-Edward Drea, author of MacArthur's ULTRA: Codebreaking and the War against Japan, 1942-1945

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  • Series: Modern War Studies (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (February 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700615008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700615001
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Douglas MacArthur, e.g., in his autobiography "Reminiscences", had a tendency to downplay the merits of others so that the spotlight could shine solely on him. An example of this is MacArthur's characterization of one of his most trusted lieutenants, General Walter Krueger (commander of the U.S. 6th Army in the Pacific in World War II), as at times too cautious, slow, and methodical. But the evidence suggests just the opposite, that Gen. Krueger was in fact a quick-thinking and fast-acting strategist who could outmaneuver and outfight any opponent. (To his credit, on several occasions MacArthur did lavish praise on Krueger.)

Kevin Holzimmer's biography of General Krueger rehabilitates this fine soldier's reputation by showing, for example, that it was apparently Krueger, not, as it is generally believed, Eisenhower (then Krueger's chief of staff), who came up with the successful operational plan of the 3rd Army in the well-known pre-war strategic testing operations by the U.S. Army in Louisiana and Texas in 1941.

In addition, the book demonstrates that Krueger was heavily responsible for the success of the campaign in New Guinea and the retaking of the Philippines.

Overall, the book makes a strong argument that Krueger (despite some positive wartime publicity and his selection to head Operation OLYMPIC, the invasion of Japan) never received his proper due as a wartime commmander and strategist. (He led, or was otherwise involved in, over 20 different military operations over the course of the war in the Pacific.) Part of the problem may have been due to Krueger's own abrasive personality and stubborness, which did not make him many friends in the military despite his brilliance.
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In his biography of General Walter Krueger (published 2007), author Kevin Holzimmer looks to set the record straight concerning the WW2 career of one of the least known or understood commanders of the Pacific War. Krueger was a subordinate of General Douglas MacArthur in MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) command. Krueger's legacy, therefore, faces an obstacle shared by all MacArthur subordinates, that of being overshadowed by the larger-than-life MacArthur, ever conscious of his place in history and desirous of credit for his subordinates only when such credit reflects favorably on himself. Since the war, Krueger's legacy has also suffered at the hands of first, the writings of General Robert Eichelberger, another MacArthur subordinate, and, in the ensuing decades, authors and historians who have accepted Eichelberger's writings uncritically. As a result, the stereotypical presentation of Krueger in Pacific War historiography is of an unimaginative, plodding commander. Holzimmer seeks to demonstrate that quite to the contrary, Krueger was a very capable commander who performed his job well under difficult circumstances, and is undeserving of his dubious reputation. In this regard, Holzimmer's task is similar to that of author John Lundstrom, in his defense of Admiral Fletcher, entitled Black Shoe Carrier Admiral.

Krueger commanded the 6th Army, activated in early 1943, which conducted the campaigns that secured the encirclement of Rabaul at the culmination of Operation Cartwheel as 1943 ended and 1944 began, and then cleared the coast of western New Guinea in 1944, including the invasions at Aitape, Hollandia, Wakde, Biak, Noemfoor, Sansapor and Morotai. Krueger then went on to spearhead the invasions of Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines in late 1944 and 1945.
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Gen. Douglas Macarthur owes much of his success in the southwest pacific area, to both Gens, Krueger and Eichelberger. I mention Gen. Eichelberger here, because both he and Gen. Krueger suffered at Macarthur;s hands. Gen. Krueger carried out Gen, Macarthur;s orders, perhaps not as quickly as Gen. Macarthur wanted them followed, but the results were always positive. Gen. Krueger was not built in the mold of a Gen. Patton, always seeking the spotlight, nevertheless he ably and competently did his job. I do not think one could ask for more from an army commander, colorful or not, he got the job done. JRV
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I marked this book down from four stars to three because the maps which were provided were poor since they were not detailed and requires the reader the unnecessary burden or locating important place names and filling them in. Good maps are essential to the understanding of army, fleet and air movements.
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