Academic journal article Military Review

HONOR UNTARNISHED: A West Point Graduate's Memoir of World War II

Academic journal article Military Review

HONOR UNTARNISHED: A West Point Graduate's Memoir of World War II

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HONOR UNTARNISHED: A West Point Graduate's Memoir of World War II, General Donald V. Bennett (Ret.) and William R. Forstchen, Forge Books, New York, 2003, 320 pages, $25.95.

What sets Honor Untarnished: A West Point Graduate's Memoir in World War II apart from most World War II memoirs is its candor; it is a straightforward narrative of battle command at the tactical level. This engrossing story will appeal to history buffs and academicians alike because the author, General Donald V. Bennett, U.S. Army, Retired, experienced the battlefields of World War II, survived to tell about them, then served at the highest ranks of the U.S. military.

Each year, hundreds of books are published about World War II. Most are written by historians trying to capture the essence of battle from manuscripts, notes, or diaries of foot soldiers who after 60 years or so attempt to capture their experiences as enlisted men. However, Bennett's experiences as a lieutenant colonel at the tactical level of command provide a unique perspective on the operational reasoning behind his units' actions in North Africa, Normandy, and the infamous Battle of the Bulge. …

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