Academic journal article Military Review

Eisenhower's Armies: The American-British Alliance during World War II

Academic journal article Military Review

Eisenhower's Armies: The American-British Alliance during World War II

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EISENHOWER'S ARMIES The American-British Alliance During World War II Niall Barr, Pegasus Books, New York, 2015, 544 pages

More than seventy years have passed since the alliance of American and British powers saw the eventual downfall of the Axis powers in World War II. In Eisenhower's Armies, author Naill Barr traces the Anglo-American relationship that eventually led to the success of the Allied forces in the Second World War. Drawing from a vast array of published and unpublished primary and secondary sources from national archives, museums, letters, lectures, and private collections, Barr is able to provide a unique perspective not only into the plans, operations, and battles but also into the politics and personalities that shaped the British-American military collaboration of the time.

Barr, a widely published author, history professor, and senior lecturer at Kings College London, presents both sides of the alliance in a well-researched,

balanced manner. Having written numerous books on the topic of Anglican war, Barrs latest effort, Eisenhower's Armies, takes a more detailed look into not only the strategy and tactics of the two nations during World War II, but the political, social, and historical components that led to their eventual success as an alliance.

Eisenhower's Armies takes the reader chronologically through the American-British military relationship from its inception during the formative years of America as a fledgling nation through one of the most destructive wars in history, full circle back to an uneasy cooperation almost as soon as the battles have past. By highlighting military conflict and cooperation between the two during the early French expansion on the North American continent, the Revolutionary War, and World War I, Barr sets the stage for a greater understanding of the tensions, suspicions, and early difficulties of this on-again, off-again cooperation. Dire circumstances and mutual need between the two countries, however, eventually culminated in the most successful military cooperation of all time. …

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