Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Masters and Commanders

The other new book on the New Book cart at Information Desk today that intrigued me:

It looks at FDR and Churchill (masters) and George C. Marshall and Alan Brooke (American and English generals, commanders). Interesting viewpoint considering the four as principals in the war effort. The author, of course, has his own website.

Why, when the most direct route from Britain to Germany was through north-western France, did the western allies first launch assaults on North Africa, Sicily and Rome? Why, if D-Day was intended to be the start of the Allies’ great thrust into Germany, did four hundred thousand men land five hundred miles to the south, in southern France, two months later? Why did the Allies not take Berlin, Vienna or Prague, and allow the Iron Curtain to descend where it did?

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