In Caesar's Shadow: The Life of General Robert Eichelberger

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the older officers, who wondered what happened to their "darling Bobby" when their letters went unanswered during the Second World War. 43 This philosophy was totally consistent with Eichelberger's intentions, for he stated that "there seemed to be a lure drawing officers in [to Washington, D.C.] to serve under senior officers with perhaps the hope that these senior officers will be helpful in the future." 44

By 1937, however, Eichelberger still had his full panoply of friends and allies, and he was prepared to use them to improve his position. He had spent 16 consecutive years in staff positions. He had advanced as far as he could go in the AGC, with the exception of the Adjutant General's position. Furthermore, the remilitarization of Nazi Germany by Adolf Hitler and the creation of the AntiComintern Pact convinced him that another war was on the horizon. He did not wish to "miss out" on this conflict, as he had in World War I. Eichelberger knew that he needed his new friends to increase his bargaining position for this next war, and he knew that a change must come soon if he hoped to gain wartime command.


NOTES
1.
Robert Eichelberger to Major James E. Ware, 23 June 1920, Eichelberger Papers; Robert Eichelberger to Colonel Marlborough Churchill, 7 September 1920, Eichelberger Papers; Robert Eichelberger to Captain John E. Ewell, 3 June 1920, Eichelberger Papers; Eichelberger Dictations, "Post-Siberia Assignment", 3 August 1955, 1.
2.
Eichelberger Dictations, "Post-Siberia Assignment", 3 August 1955, 1; Ralph E. Weber , ed., The Final Memoranda: Major General Ralph M. Van Deman, USA Ret. 1865-1952, Father of U.S. Military Intelligence ( Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1988), xx-xxii.
3.
Robert Eichelberger to Colonel Albert J. Gelen, 16 June 1920, Eichelberger Papers; Robert Eichelberger to Major James E. Ware, 23 June 1920, Eichelberger Papers.
4.
Eichelberger Dictations, "Post-Siberia Assignment", 3 August 1955, 1-3; Eichelberger Dictations, "Notes on Life in China, 1920-1921", 12 June 1961, 2.
5.
Eichelberger Dictations, "Roy Anderson and Others Whom I Knew in China in 1920-21", 15 September 1961, 1.
6.
Eichelberger Dictations, "Roy Anderson and Others Whom I Knew in China in 1920-21", 15 September 1961, 1; William S. Graves to Robert Eichelberger, 8 October 1920, Eichelberger Papers.
7.
Eichelberger Dictations, "Post-Siberia Assignment", 5, "Days Immediately Following Siberia", 3, "Thoughts on Military Intelligence", 4, "Roy Anderson and Others Whom I Knew in China in 1920-21", 4.
8.
Eichelberger report on Soviet Russia, 1 February 1922, box 2, Eichelberger Papers; memorandum for Major Eichelberger from M. E. Locke, 30 December 1922, Eichelberger Papers.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Note x
  • 1 - ORIGINS OF A MILITARY CAREER 1
  • Notes 5
  • 2 - FORMATION OF A PERSONALITY 7
  • Notes 13
  • 3 - SIBERIA -- A PERSONALITY EMERGES 15
  • Notes 25
  • 4 - PATHS TO PROMOTION 29
  • Notes 39
  • 5 - PREPARATION FOR WARTIME COMMAND 43
  • Notes 54
  • 6 - BUNA -- THE PYRRHIC VICTORY 57
  • Notes 75
  • 7 - STRUGGLES FROM THE SIDELINES 81
  • Notes 91
  • 8 - HOLLANDIA AND BIAK -- VICTORY AND CONFLICT 95
  • Notes 105
  • 9 - THE PHILIPPINES -- COMPETITION WITH KRUEGER 109
  • Notes 124
  • 10 - VICTORY AND DISAPPOINTMENT 131
  • Notes 142
  • 11 - MILITARY OCCUPATION OF JAPAN 149
  • Notes 162
  • 12 - RETIREMENT -- AND TURMOIL 173
  • Notes 190
  • Conclusion 205
  • Notes 208
  • SOURCES 209
  • Index 221
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