General Jacob Devers: World War II's Forgotten Four Star

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Epilogue

BEFORE D-DAY, DWIGHT EISENHOWER APPEARS TO HAVE concluded that Jacob Devers was not steady or reliable enough to become a senior member of his innermost team. In a confidential personnel evaluation to George Marshall, Eisenhower raised questions about “trust and confidence” in Devers, stating that while his performance could be brilliant, Eisenhower had some reservations.

Up until that time, Marshall’s experience with Devers had been quite different. He had found the man from York to be a star performer with exceptional talent and productivity. Marshall did not want to sacrifice the good work he was getting from either of these two senior commanders. In an attempt at being a good team player, Eisenhower had minimized to Marshall the friction he had with Devers. Up until the 6th Army Group reached the Vosges Mountains, Eisenhower had retained Devers, who proved to be his most creative army group commander in a method that Eisenhower apparently found acceptable.

Then the crevice that existed between SHAEF and the 6th Army Group leadership began to surface. Communications problems had already appeared in September 1944 between SHAEF and the commanders of both the 21st and 12th Army Groups. Bernard Montgomery failed to take advantage of an opportunity to easily seize Antwerp and its allimportant waterway to the sea and instead launched his own run on a bridge too far. Omar Bradley did not concentrate sufficient available resources in the Aachen Gap, as Eisenhower had advised him, and therefore did not reach the Rhine by early October as he should have. While

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Maps ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Prologue 3
  • One - Early Years 5
  • Two - The Interwar Years 21
  • Three - Marshall Recognizes Devers 35
  • Four - Chief of Armored Force 52
  • Five - The Debate over Doctrine 72
  • Six - Commander, Eto 94
  • Seven - Deputy Supreme Commander, Mto 118
  • Eight - The French and a Southern Front 140
  • Nine - Dragooned 157
  • Ten - Up the Rhône Valley 176
  • Eleven - An End to Champagne 193
  • Twelve - Into the Cold Vosges 216
  • Thirteen - Cross the Rhine? 233
  • Fourteen - Throw Down at Vittel and Its Aftermath 261
  • Fifteen - Nordwind Strikes Devers 290
  • Sixteen - The Colmar Pocket Finally Collapses 315
  • Seventeen - Undertone to Austria 334
  • Eighteen - Postwar 372
  • Epilogue 390
  • Notes 395
  • Bibliography 419
  • Index 425
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