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Patton's Third Army: A Chronology Of The Third Army Advance In World War Ii Paperback – April 15, 2008
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About the Author
Charles M. Province is the president and founder of the George S. Patton, Jr. Historical Society. He is the author of "The Unknown Patton" and "Patton's One-Minute Messages." He owns the largest personal collection of Patton material and memorabilia in the world and has studied the life, career, and philosophy of General Patton for decades. His website at "pattonhq.com" is considered to be the best Patton reference on the internet.
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Then this is the book for you, as it was for me -- distilling the historical record down to raw facts, both fascinating and mundane (and some both at once), Mr. Province gives us a dazzlingly circuitous but revealing path to victory that no movie -- and not even the American Heroes Channel, unless it devoted 10 minutes a day for a year -- could equal. You find out not just about the kind of commander Patton and the men on his staff were, but who we were as a people and what our country was (and what we expected of our army, versus what the enemy expected of theirs). To wit, in August of 1944, with victory at least months away and tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of German troops still in the field, Third Army's senior officers had to conduct a group of more than a dozen civilian labor officials around their area of operations; and moving forward at an extraordinary pace, and keeping the enemy off-balance and on the run for weeks at a time in securing the liberation of towns and villages, but also arranging for medical support and other rebuilding efforts, and even the sharing of fuel (that was to become a precious commodity in just a few weeks) with the civilian population. (Can you imagine the Germans or the Japanese doing that in their advances?).
It's the kind of reading that anyone who wants to go beyond the Cliff Notes version of this history will devour eagerly. In short, thanks for writing this book.
I've never seen this in another book and interest grew into fascination with what had to happen to make it all work out. If you want to know the full 360 degree picture you want this book. This not only fills a niche, the author/editor makes it and fills it. As a niche-filler it won't appeal to everyone but someone diving deep into Patton's army and WW2 operations generally will be able to match this diary against the other, more usual books and, by doing so, will gain great insights.