THERE'S A WAR TO BE WON is the landmark story of one of the greatest armies in history, a conscript force of amateur soldiers who had an unparalleled record of combat success. Here -- for the first time in one volume -- is the chronicle of the United States Army's dramatic mobilization and stunning march to victory in World War II.In a lively and engrossing narrative thatTHERE'S A WAR TO BE WON is the landmark story of one of the greatest armies in history, a conscript force of amateur soldiers who had an unparalleled record of combat success. Here -- for the first time in one volume -- is the chronicle of the United States Army's dramatic mobilization and stunning march to victory in World War II.In a lively and engrossing narrative that spans theaters of operations around the world, Geoffrey Perret tells how the Army was drafted, trained, organized, armed, and led at every stage of the war. Beginning with the prescient military planners of the 1930s, he offers vivid warts-and-all profiles of the farsighted commanders who would lead the way, men like Marshall, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Ridgway, Bradley, and Patton.Drawing heavily on important new source material in major archives throughout the United States, THERE'S A WAR TO BE WON offers new insights into the wartime Army, its commanders, and its battles. A major work of American military history."An immensely readable, well-researched history . . . Dramatic." -- Chicago TribuneFrom the Paperback edition....
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There's a War to Be Won: The United States Army in World War II Reviews
On top of his superhuman logistic, military-industrial management skills, George Marshall also gets a thumbs up for sucessfully dealing with Montgomery and the wounded pride of the British. That wounded pride came with quite a bit of nastiness, at times devious, at others hilariously balls-out (like the time, just after the German surrender, when the British realized they couldn't feed their agreed-on 50% of POWs; they had also agreed to transfer to the Americans thousands of Austrian horses, which they duly sent along accompanied by 80,000 POWs, "caretakers" for the horses). Perret makes the case that Monty was a superb corps-level commander promoted to army command and belaureled above his ability by the British need for a ground forces hero. He'd beaten Rommel, after all. He could also be an absurd drama queen--there is something so Monty Python-ish about a carefully dignified Field Marshall suddenly tantruming like a crazed child--and a pain in the ass to rival MacArthur. Those two guys make Patton look humble and cooperative. US-British friction stood out for me, but this book really has everything. A good operational overview, plus a ton of info on logistics, shipping, military pedagogy, industrial output--stuff I really geek out for.
I've had this book for years, I finally dusted it off and cracked it open. I was ready to put it down with the first King Kong chest pounding about the military but was surprised how it was informative it was about logistics and backstory information. I always liked to see the process and not just the icing on the cake. I'm not sure the last time I read a book about WW2, or any war for that matter. There was even a chapter what the process is when a person is killed. That should be a Must Read for anyone who see endless commercials to join the military with a deep voice person with verbal pom-pom being sent your way. If anyone believes the "hero" status of many are spoken about READ about them, you will often find they are a windbag without any military experience and many are just actors playing a part. (There was at least one draft dodger from WW2 who PORTRAYED people doing perceived heroic military deeds. The one person kept saying he just wanted to make one more picture before joining the service. Darn...ran out of war before he could join. You may want to visit the VA and look for people who lost a limb or two, I see them all the time and Vietnam was 45+ YEARS ago. Their limbs don't grow back.This book speaks often about various military generals/admirals speaking of the +/-'s of their ability and of their tactics. If you want war to end, don't join. Those who rattling the swords of war almost NEVER served. They are blowhards. Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq no reason to invade these places, they cannot hurt us and going there is NOT serving the country. Going to college is a better avenue.
I was very impressed with this book. It was highly rated in Dunnigan’s The World War II Bookshelf. I thought Old Soldiers Never Die (biography of MacArthur) also by Perrot was well written. Thus getting this book was a sure bet and I was not disappointed.At West Point in the early 80’s, I took a great military history course covering WW1 and WW2 warfare. I still have those well written course texts. However, this book actually gave me some better history lessons than that course.I think the impact of Marshall’s leadership is clearly understated in most books. Perret spends a great deal of time reviewing how Marshall caused many of the better changes in the Army during the progress of the WW2 (and prior to our direct involvement).Early in the book there was a short but excellent summary of the basic division level tactics of WW1 (division square). Based on his experiences in WW1 with Pershing, Marshall led the later effort to evolve divisional level tactics into our modern warfare (triangular divisions with Combat Commands or brigade combat teams as they are called now).There are excellent discussions of how the Army leadership sorted thru the balancing of artillery needs with maneuver forces and balancing tanks versus infantry.At 600 pages long, I thought I might go blurry eyed, but the book kept my attention. I will admit an interest in Europe/Africa over the Pacific. So when chapters focused on the Pacific campaign I read those more quickly than other chapters.Perret writes in style that is easy to read. Sometimes opinionated. He did not seem impressed with the British Army forces. However, he provides an apparent fair breakdown of his reasoning and positions throughout the book.The book spends a fair amount of time reviewing logistical and training aspects of the growing Army. Stuff I never realized before.For anyone interested in a good review of how the Army grew and evolved from a small, challenged pre-war force in the 1930’s into a world power by the end of the war, this is your book. Various higher profile personalities are reviewed to compliment biographies you might own.This book is one of my front shelf books in my library. Recommended highly.
The book is a well written and informative examination of the history of the U.S. Army in World War II. It begins with a summary of the history of the army between the two world wars, and ends with the defeat of Japan in 1945 (with a short coda that analyzes why it was the best army in the world by the end of the war). The book is at its best when it looks at the elements of the army's World War II history that the conventional military histories do not treat: how the army was trained, equipped, and fed, for instance. It does a nice job of discussing the contributions of the units made up of women and racial minorities. I was also interested to read about the various ways in which the army attempted to keep up morale, including the publication of newspapers and the awarding of citations and medals. Where the book falls short is in its descriptions of the campaigns and battles. The book is over twenty years old, and newer histories-Rick Atkinson's trilogy, for instance- have recently done it better. The book could also make better use of maps. There are a few at the front of the book, but they are mainly theater maps, and it would be much easier to follow his descriptions of the battles if there were more precise battle maps in close proximity to the narrative. In any event, the book is a worthwhile read, if for nothing else than to get more of a "behind the scenes" look at the American Army during the Second World War.
Perret offers a first-rate history of what went into the shaping of the U.S. Army in the Second World War. What was fascinating to learn was that, as late as 1940, the U.S. Army was ranked below that of Portugal. Through reading this book, the reader sees how it was through the foresight of people like George C. Marshall and other fine soldiers such as Matthew Ridgway, Maxwell Taylor, Bradley, Eisenhower, and Patton, that the U.S. was able to develop, by 1944 and 1945, one of the finest armies in the history of the world. What is also really good about this book is the insight Perret provides about the ordinary GI and the distinguished service provided by African-American combat units, such as the 969th Field Artillery Battalion, the 761st Tank Battalion (which served continuously in combat longer than any other U.S. tank battalion in Europe), the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion, and the 92nd Infantry Division. I highly recommend this book. It offers an excellent introduction to anyone who wants to know more about the U.S. Army and its role in the Second World War.
Excellent summary of the American Army's war effort in the Second World War, broken down into logical chapters, Prose is dense and scholarly but not impenetrable in the tradition of British military writing. A nice mix of personality study, logistical overview, and bottom-up viewpoints.
This is, by far, the best history of the U.S. Army in WW 2!
Here is a full attempt at a history of the US Army in the 30s and WWII. I have a love hate relationship with this book. When its talking about the American Army, its primary focus, its a very good fact filled charming read. When it come to politics or discussions of other WWII armies, it can devolve into a childish -out of left field- series of jingoistic screeds dissing anything non-GI. His bizarre animus against the British army and its leading officers can get old fast. But overall, since the book is a history of Marshall's Army from its creation to its use in the War, its a great read. I think anyone interested in WWII from about 10 years up to adults will be able to follow along. Even older enthusiasts will find a few cool new factoids in this book to chew on. Gamers/History Buffs/Military Enthusiast will really enjoy it- although foreign reader are warned to expect "America is the Best Country" to be written all over its pages...