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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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"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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"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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›