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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.