Overlord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of Tactical Air Power in World War II

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Over Lord is the fascinating story of how American tactical air power was developed by General Elwood "Pete" Quesada during World War II, including its decisive role in Operation OVERLORD and the liberation of Europe.

Pete Quesada is one of World War II's unsung yet crucial heroes. With his famous "Ninth Tactical Air Command," Quesada established the best air-ground team in the European theater. he pioneered the use of radar in close air support operations, introducing weapons systems specifically geared to tactical operations. He nurtured new flying methods designed for the kind of precision bombing the battlefields of Europe demanded. And more than anything else, Pete Quesada championed efforts to model air and ground officers into a single fighting unit. His relationships with ground leaders like Generals Omar Bradley and "Lightning Joe" Collins were a model for the kind of interservice harmony that was essential for dislodging the entrenched German Army.

At war's end everybody from General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower to ordinary infantrymen recognized Pete Quesada as the premier expert and dogged patron of close air support. Allied airplanes over the battlefields of Europe had undoubtedly shortened the war and saved many thousands of lives, and Pete Quesada came home to a hero's welcome in 1945. By then he was the personification of tactical air power. Indeed, he was its over lord.

Unfortunately, Quesada's groundbreaking methods were all but forgotten after the war. As the Cold War deepened, Air Force leaders stressed the role of big bombers flying deep into enemy territory and renounced the importance of close air support missions. Quesada himself was shunted into jobs that were both illsuited to his fiery temperament and divorced from his wartime expertise in tactical aviation. Frustrated, he retired from the Air Force in 1951 at forty-seven years of age.

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Thomas Alexander Hughes is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the department of history at Ohio State University. He divides his time between Columbus, Ohio, and Houston, Texas.

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A key to the successful Allied invasion at Normandy was the effective and responsive use of air power. Here, Hughes (history, Ohio State Univ.) describes not only the tours of duty that made Gen. Pete Quesada a military leader?a story fascinating in its own right?but also sketches a vivid picture of the birth of this new military tactic. Hughes describes how Quesada's career in the army prepared him to become one of the best men for the job of developing and carrying out the new military tactic of close air support. He also explains the evolution of what would become in the modern era nothing less than the birth of the fledgling concept of combined arms. Direct communications, joint planning, and the use of liaison officers were refinements that had to be tested in smaller actions leading up to D-Day. A sweeping history told thoroughly, logically, and well, this book is of major importance to students of military tactics and World War II.?Mel D. Lane, Sacramento, Cal.
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