Command of Honor: General Lucian Truscott's Path to Victory in World War II

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The inspiring true story of General Lucian Truscott, one of the greatest combat commanders of World War II.

General Lucian K. Truscott was an American military giant: tough, resourceful, and devoted to the men under his command. Unlike the more flamboyant high-ranking European field commanders of the time, he was neither arrogant nor in pursuit of personal glory-but rather a loyal, humble man who led his troops from the front and fought every enemy with a tenacity that made him one of the most respected and revered commanders in the U.S. Army.

In Command of Honor, author H. Paul Jeffers chronicles the life of this American hero. For the first time, the life of Truscott is revealed: his ramshackle childhood in Texas and Oklahoma, his extraordinary combat service, and his peacetime duties. But above all, this is a story of leadership and sacrifice by a man who lived for duty, honor, and courage-a man who would become a legend in the annals of U.S. Army history.

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H. Paul Jeffers was a journalist and the author of more than 50 books, including Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.: The Life of a War HeroColonel Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt Goes to War, 1897–1898Commissioner Roosevelt; and a true-crime bestseller, Sal Mineo: His Life, Murder, and Mystery. He died in 2009.

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Jeffers (Onward We Charge), a former broadcast journalist and prolific author, chronicles the career of one of the forgotten heroes of WWII in this informative and sprightly popular biography. Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Lucian Truscott (1895–1965) joined the army when war was declared in 1917, and though he spent the war on the Mexican border as a second lieutenant with the 17th Cavalry, he remained in the postwar army, acquiring a reputation as a hell-raising cavalryman. He also was a prime mover in turning the postwar horse cavalry into a mechanized force. After Pearl Harbor, Truscott went to England, where he set up an American-style commando unit, the First Ranger Battalion. He served as General Patton's deputy for the invasion of North Africa, and as a commander in the invasions of Sicily and Anzio. Since most of his wartime service was in Italy—the forgotten front—and the unpretentious General Truscott didn't seek attention, his crucial role in the Allied victory has been overshadowed by others. Students of military history will welcome this first—and long overdue—biography. (June 3)
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