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The Resource The last cavalryman : the life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., Harvey Ferguson

The last cavalryman : the life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., Harvey Ferguson

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The last cavalryman : the life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr.
Title
The last cavalryman
Title remainder
the life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr.
Statement of responsibility
Harvey Ferguson
Title variation
Life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"Truscott was one of the really tough generals," soldier-cartoonist Bill Mauldin of the 45th Infantry Division once wrote. "He could have eaten a ham like Patton for breakfast any morning and picked his teeth with the man{u2019}s pearl-handled pistols." Not one merely to act the part of commander, Mauldin remembered, "Truscott spent half his time at the front{u2014}the real front{u2014}with nobody in attendance but a nervous Jeep driver and a worried aide." In this biography of Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., author Harvey Ferguson tells the story of how Truscott{u2014}despite his hardscrabble beginnings, patchy education, and questionable luck{u2014}not only made the rank of army lieutenant general, earning a reputation as one of World War II{u2019}s most effective officers along the way, but was also given an honorary promotion to four-star general seven years after his retirement. For all his accomplishments and celebrated heroic action, Truscott was not one for self-aggrandizement, which may explain in part why historians have neglected him until now. The Last Cavalryman, drawing on personal papers only recently made available, gives the first full picture of this singular man{u2019}s extraordinary life and career. Ferguson describes Truscott{u2019}s near-accidental entry into the U.S. Cavalry (propelled by Pancho Villa{u2019}s 1916 raids) and his somewhat halting rise through the ranks{u2014}aided by fellow cavalryman George S. Patton, Jr., who steered him into the nascent armored force at the right time. The author takes us through Truscott{u2019}s service in the Second World War, from creating the U.S. Army Rangers to engineering the breakout from Anzio and leading the "masterpiece" invasion of southern France. Ferguson finishes his narrative by detailing the general{u2019}s postwar work with the CIA, where he acted as President Dwight Eisenhower{u2019}s eyes and ears within the agency. A compelling story in itself, this biography of Lucian K. Truscott, Jr.{u2014}a cavalryman to the last{u2014}fills out an important chapter in American military history. --Provided by publisher
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Campaigns & commanders
Series volume
volume 48
Label
The last cavalryman : the life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., Harvey Ferguson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
On the border with the horse cavalry -- The early Truscotts -- Hawaiian holiday -- Back to the mainland -- The dead -- The down and out -- Student and instructor again -- Preparing for war -- Called to Washington, 1942 -- A Truscott returns to England -- First look at war -- Preparing for battle -- Invading North Africa -- Running Ike's advanced command post -- Invasion planning, Sicily -- Salerno and the road to Anzio -- Cassino: No light at the end of the tunnel -- Anzio, a halfway measure -- Taking charge -- The wait -- Southern France, the perfect invasion -- Attempting a cannae -- Return to Italy -- The final push -- Last battle -- The end of a war and other affairs -- Spying on the spies and retirement -- A cavalryman's last parade
Control code
sky2ocm65804151
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 423 pages
Isbn
9780806146645
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014025316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
2014025316
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The last cavalryman : the life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., Harvey Ferguson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
On the border with the horse cavalry -- The early Truscotts -- Hawaiian holiday -- Back to the mainland -- The dead -- The down and out -- Student and instructor again -- Preparing for war -- Called to Washington, 1942 -- A Truscott returns to England -- First look at war -- Preparing for battle -- Invading North Africa -- Running Ike's advanced command post -- Invasion planning, Sicily -- Salerno and the road to Anzio -- Cassino: No light at the end of the tunnel -- Anzio, a halfway measure -- Taking charge -- The wait -- Southern France, the perfect invasion -- Attempting a cannae -- Return to Italy -- The final push -- Last battle -- The end of a war and other affairs -- Spying on the spies and retirement -- A cavalryman's last parade
Control code
sky2ocm65804151
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 423 pages
Isbn
9780806146645
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014025316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
2014025316
Other physical details
illustrations

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