By Thomas Fleming
The maximum American basic of the 20 th century wasn't Dwight Eisenhower or George Patton or Douglas MacArthur. the dignity, in line with long island instances bestselling historian Thomas Fleming, belongs to Matthew Ridgway, who led America's 8th military to victory in Korea. the following, during this short-form e-book, is his brave tale.
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This demand caused political palpitations in Washington, where MacArthur’s growing disagreement with President Harry Truman’s opposition to an all-out war was becoming a nightmare. Ridgway finally got rid of his losing commanders - but not in one merciless wave. ” Meanwhile, in a possibly intended bit of shock treatment, Ridgway visited I Corps and asked the G-3 to brief him on its battle plans. ” Ridgway growled. The officer floundered. ” There were no attack plans. “Colonel, you are relieved,” Ridgway said.
When Marshall decided to remake the division into an airborne outfit, Ridgway strapped on a parachute and jumped out of a plane for the first time in his life. Returning to his men, he cheerfully reported there was nothing to the transition to paratrooper. His remarks quieted a lot of angst in the division - although he privately admitted to a few friends that “nothing” was like jumping off the top of a moving freight train onto a hard roadbed. Dropped into Sicily on the night of July 9, 1943, Ridgway’s paratroopers survived a series of snafus.
His remarks quieted a lot of angst in the division - although he privately admitted to a few friends that “nothing” was like jumping off the top of a moving freight train onto a hard roadbed. Dropped into Sicily on the night of July 9, 1943, Ridgway’s paratroopers survived a series of snafus. Navy gunners shot down twenty of their planes as flew came over the Mediterranean from North Africa. In the darkness, their confused pilots scattered them over the island. Nevertheless, they rescued the invasion by preventing Hermann Göring’s panzer division from attacking the vulnerable beachhead and throwing the first invaders of Adolf Hitler’s Fortress Europe into the sea.