Pershing's Lieutenants

Pershing's Lieutenants

American Military Leadership in World War I

General Military
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 26 Nov 2020
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World War I had a profound impact on the United States of America, which was forced to ‘grow' an army almost overnight. The day the United States declared war on Germany, the US Army was only the 17th largest in the world, ranking behind Portugal - the Regular Army had only 128,00 troops, backed up by the National Guard with some 182,000 troops. By the end of the war it had grown to 3,700,000, with slightly more than half that number in Europe. Until the United States did so, no country in all history had tried to deploy a 2-million-man force 3,000 miles from its own borders, a force led by American Expeditionary Forces Commander-in-Chief General John J. Pershing. This was America's first truly modern war and rising from its ranks was a new generation of leaders who would control the fate of the United States armed forces during the interwar period and into World War II.

This book reveals the history of the key leaders working for and with John J. Pershing during this tumultuous period, including George S. Patton (tank commander and future commander of the US Third Army during World War II); Douglas MacArthur (42nd Division commander and future General of the Army) and Harry S. Truman (artillery battery commander and future President of the United States). Edited by Major General David T. Zabecki (US Army, Retired) and Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano (US Army, Retired), this fascinating title comprises chapters on individual leaders from subject experts across the US, including faculty members of the US Army War College.

Biographical Note

David T. Zabecki (Maj. Gen. Ret) is the author, editor, or translator of seventeen military history books. His encyclopaedia, Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History, won a Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award in 2016. He is editor emeritus of Vietnam Magazine. He holds a PhD in Military History from Britain's Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, where his supervisor was the late Professor Richard Holmes. In 2012 he was the Shifrin Distinguished Professor of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the University of Birmingham's War Studies Programme. Douglas V. Mastriano (Colonel, Retired) is the author of two books, and senior editor and primary contributor to two published strategic studies. His book, Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne won four awards; William E. Colby Award, Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, U.S. Army War College Madigan Award and the Carder Family Book Prize. He was a Professor of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Mastriano has a PhD in Military History from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.


List of Illustrations
Introduction: The War to End All War
Part One - The Future Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Army
Chapter 1: Major General John L. Hines
Chapter 2: Major General Charles P. Summerall
Chapter 3: Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur
Chapter 4: Brigadier General Malin Craig
Chapter 5: Colonel George C. Marshall
Part Two - The Future Commandants of the U.S. Marine Corps
Chapter 6: Major General John A. Lejeune
Chapter 7: Brigadier General Wendell C. Neville
Part Three - The Senior Staff Officers
Chapter 8: Major General James G. Harbord
Chapter 9: Brigadier General Fox Conner
Chapter 10: Brigadier General Hugh A. Drum
Chapter 11: Brigadier General Charles G. Dawes
Part Four - The Army Commanders
Chapter 12: Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett
Chapter 13: Lieutenant General Robert L. Bullard
Chapter 14: Major General Joseph T. Dickman
Part Five - The Corps and Division Commanders
Chapter 15: Major General George H. Cameron
Chapter 16: Major General Clarence R. Edwards
Chapter 17: Major General Robert Alexander
Part Six - The Specialist Officers
Chapter 18: Brigadier General William "Billy” Mitchell
Chapter 19: Colonel George S. Patton, Jr.
Part Seven - The Regimental Officers
Chapter 20: Colonel William J. Donovan
Chapter 21: Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
Chapter 22: Major Harry S. Truman
Appendix: U.S. Army Professional Military Education in the Early 20th Century
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