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G-2: Intelligence for Patton: (Schiffer Military History Book)
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on February 21, 2013
General Oscar Koch’s “G-2: Intelligence for Patton” is a short recounting of General Koch’s time as Patton’s intelligence chief on the Seventh and Third Army staffs in World War II.

This is a thin, cursory work (only about 150 pages). While most of the book is too cursory to be of much use, he does have some interesting insights, details, and anecdotes. Koch spends over 25+ pages highlighting the Third Army’s identification of the German buildup of forces before the Battle of the Bulge. He also describes how Third Army discounted the rumors of the “Alpine Redoubt” by properly analyzing the intelligence, while the rest of the American and British Armies accepted its existence.

This book was written and published before the ULTRA intercepts were declassified and publicized, so we don’t get Koch’s insight into that intelligence bonanza.

While a bit sterile and emotionless, this book is good for primary research and would be of interest for anyone wanting an insider’s look at Patton. Finally, because Koch ends the book with his explanations of how his intelligence staff worked, this book is also for anyone involved in or interested in military intelligence.
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on September 14, 2015
A terrific book that every student of history, military officer and Intelligence professional should read and study. Brigadier General Koch provides both an education on the art of Operational intelligence and on the importance of the relationship between a senior military commander and his intelligence officer.
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on August 16, 2015
Very interesting memoir and professional comment from a well positioned officer. Especially interesting as the intelligence profession at this level of command is not very often explained like this.
Recommended both for the casual reader as for the serious student and military professionals.
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on January 1, 2015
This is one of those books that cuts the fluff n nutter that most histories contain; read it in two days and IMO a must read for students of military history.
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on March 7, 2015
Every good general has a good supporting staff, General Patton is no exception. Brig Gen Koch, Patton's intelligence officer gives a first hand account of what it was like to work for the legendary general.
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on December 21, 2016
Great book. Arrived quickly.
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on June 30, 2013
Interesting but could have gone into much more detail. Never once mentioned ultra and the massive contribution made by Bletchley Park to intelligence.
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on April 2, 2001
BG Koch's slim volume reveals the nuts and bolts of the day to day intelligence grind that led to many of Patton's key victories. In down to earth prose Koch explains how the intelligence section went about its job behind the scenes ensuring operational success for Patton's various WWII commands. This volume helps make clear that many of Patton's accomplishments can be attributed to his understanding of how to exercise his staff at its full potential. While perhaps somewhat dry for the general reader this work is particularly recommended for those interested in historical analysis of the military staff as well as the evolution of combat intelligence organizations and methods. It is also useful to Patton students for its insights into "Old Blood and Guts'" genius of command.
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on January 4, 2006
G-2, Intelligence for Patton is an excellent look at a major factor in General Patton's legendary effectiveness as a military commander. General, then Colonel, Koch had a rare talant for gathering critical information, and Patton was wise enough to depend completely on his council.

The author, Robert Hays, in collaboration with General Koch, has written an interesting, comprehensive and important addition to WW2 literature. This book has, understandably, been required reading for any number of intelligence agency members, both here and abroad. I highly recommend this book to any WW2 buff and consider it essential for anyone interested in Patton.
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on November 18, 2005
Military historians universally acknowledge that Oscar Koch was the best intelligence brain of World War II. He was a major reason for Patton's brilliance as a commander, because Patton never made a move without consulting him. This highly readable book offers important insights into Koch's thinking and, perhaps more important, his personal relationship with Patton. It is a "must read" for anyone interested in Patton, military intelligence, or World War II in general. Highly recommended!
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