Academic journal article Military Review

THE BATTLE FOR WESTERN EUROPE, FALL 1944: An Operational Assessment

Academic journal article Military Review

THE BATTLE FOR WESTERN EUROPE, FALL 1944: An Operational Assessment

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THE BATTLE FOR WESTERN EUROPE, FALL 1944: An Operational Assessment, John A. Adams, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2010, 369 pages, $34.95.

John A. Adams' The Battle for Western Europe, Fall 1944: An Operational Assessment is a book about World War II's Western Front during the final year of the war that fuses a number of different topics into a logical narrative and provides a broad assessment of combat operations without being either redundant or simplistic. It does an excellent job evaluating the performance of the Allied operational leaders during the second half of 1944. Adams avoids the dangerous pitfalls of focusing exclusively on minute points of strategy or tactics or of over-emphasizing certain leaders and armies at the expense of others. What emerges is a superior work that is a useful contribution to contemporary scholarship on World War II.

The author's argument revolves around Eisenhower's often misinterpreted "broad front" strategy. Adams asserts that Eisenhower's strategy was sound but derailed by faulty execution, and addresses how key Allied subordinates supported or, in too many cases, failed to support their commander's intent in the autumn of 1944. Occasionally, Adams argues, Eisenhower himself even made decisions that contradicted his own strategic objectives. …

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