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Command Missions Hardcover – 20 Jul 1990

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  • Hardcover: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; Reprint edition (20 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891413642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891413646
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,045,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents the author's experiences and observations concerning his service with Lord Louis Mountbatten during World War II.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Best World War 2 Memoir 26 Feb. 2006
By Michael Surace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
General Lucian K. Truscott's memoirs are the only WWII comparable to US Grant's. General Truscott commanded the 3rd Infantry Division in Sicily and Italy. He also relieved General Lucas in command of the VI Corps at Anzio. He then led the VI Corps to Rome and the invasion of Southern France. He ended up commanding the 5th Army during the Po River Campaign in Italy.

General Truscott is the grandfather of the fiction writer Lucian Truscott IV. In my opinion the General was gifted with far more literary skills. General Truscott was portrayed in the movie "Patton" as the officer who was ordered to make an amphibious end run around the German lines in Sicily.

General Truscott was probably the best all around Army or Army Group commander in WWII. If you read the Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower he will know that Truscott was wanted by Ike to lead an army in Overlord, but he couldn't be spared from Italy. He was almost as aggressive as Patton, but without episodes of poor judgement.

His memiors are honest, modest and without self serving. An example is when the 1st,3rd and 4th Ranger battalions were almost totally destroyed in an attack at Anzio, another general intimated that they better come up with an excuse for General George C. Marshal. General Truscott said, "The responsibility is entirely my own."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TRUSCOTT, Gen. Lucien 13 Sept. 2009
By James E. Girzone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although devoted to a profound, detailed examination of perhaps, one of the greatest military Generals of World War II, this book, additionally, serves as a study in humility in the face of almost genius, obedience and loyalty to the Oath to which he pledged.

General Truscott was a man and Leader, likely ahead of his times when it came to an uncommon, pervasive respect for the uniqueness, honor and resilience of the common man. He observed and practiced those beliefs and convictions and insisted that his subordinate Command expected no less from their charges!

A man of monumental capacity to assess conditions and act accordingly with conviction and uncompromising determination to prevail mark his distinguished career. His military genius, envied by other powerful, politically-connected generals exiled Truscott to the shadows of press coverage and history books. He was always 'on-thefront-lines' with his troops and told reporters if they wished to speak with him, that's were they'd have to go!; many declined!

He conceived of an literally created the distinguished corps of specially trained soldiers who would master the 'state-of-theart' fighting skills whom he name, THE RANGERS, one of the most distinguished military units of history.

This is truly a 'must read' and once done, one cannot help but "know" this man and hold him in highest respect!
The best WWII memoir I have read 1 May 2014
By ex-grunt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Gen. Truscott's story in his own words. He was not afraid to voice his opinions on both his, and other general's performance during the North African, Italian, and European campaigns. He went from colonel to lieutenant general, during his WWII experience. He commanded successively a division, a corps, and an army. How unfortunately it was that he was subordinate to the self-aggrandizing Mark Clark, during the breakout from the Anzio beach head. Certainly, he would have obeyed Field Marshal Alexander's orders to try and cut off the German 10th Army instead of seeking personal fame by driving straight to Rome. I wonder how many more Allied casualties resulted from Gen. Clark's obsession. As a former infantryman and officer I know who I would rather serve.

A great read!
Excellent critique of war by a compassionate commander 6 Mar. 2014
By Research Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This man wasn't into self aggrandizement. He took every opportunity to improve his command skills, train his men and win with the minimum losses. A great read.
Great Reading 1 Jan. 2014
By F. E. Gerlach - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one book that you will not want to put down. It is very engrossing Truscott was Pattons ace up the sleve and he never gave less the 110% ,,, a must read for WWII people
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