- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Taylor Trade Publishing; Auflage: New Ed (30. Mai 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 158979351X
- ISBN-13: 978-1589793514
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 2,9 x 23 cm
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Major General Maurice Rose: World War II's Greatest Forgotten Commander (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Mai 2006
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In this outstanding, first-rate biography, Ossad and Marsh have chronicled the life of an authentic American hero. Their thorough investigation reveals, for the first time, a full account of Rose's untimely death in 1945. Highly recommended.--Carlo D'Este, best-selling author of "Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life" and "Patton: A Genius for War"
A complete and compelling narrative that covers the brilliant career of Major General Maurice Rose, from his roots in Colorado, through his service on the Mexican border and during World War I, and culminating in his leadership of one of World War II's finest fighting outfits, the 3rd Armored Division.--Gerald Astor, author of "The Greatest War: Americans in Combat, 1941-1945" and "The Right to Fight: A History of African Americans in th
Major General Maurice Rose (1899-1945) is the highest-ranking American Jewish officer ever killed in battle, and the only individual casualty to spark a War Crimes Investigation. This book tells the dramatic story of Rose's life - from his childhood as a son of a rabbi, through his experiences in World War I and in the U.S. cavalry, to his meteoric rise as America's answer to Rommel.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The life of Maurice Rose is truly inspirational, but what few personal effects remained of his life were almost completely destroyed in a flood. Messrs. Ossad and Marsh have performed a spectacular feat of bringing this important personage alive. There is much of the inner man we can never know, of course, and much of the book is pure military history as it should be, but you get enough of a glimpse of the man to get a sense of what he was like. The authors do not hesitate to criticize his flaws, but that honesty just makes the man that much more impressive.
The authors "bookend" the story with a detailed description of the General's last day (although at least two U.S. generals more senior to Rose and two other division commanders were killed during World War II, to my knowledge, Rose is unique at that rank to have been killed by small arms fire rather than bombs or artillery, a tribute to the General's habit of "leading from the front"). I would have liked a little more information about the fate of the division after the General was killed, but that is available elsewhere.
The general's conversion from Judaism to Christianity is speculated upon in some detail, but the willingness to redefine oneself is uniquely American and it is one of the things which make General Rose a uniquely American hero.
Sometimes described as "ruthless" (in an admiring fashion), his conduct seems much less worthy. For example, upon assuming command of an armored formation, he quickly relieved one of his colonels -- more as an object lesson to the others than for actual sub-par work. Many commanders seem to think that this establishes their bona fides; instead, it simply inspires their subordinates to seek reassignment.
General Rose did not seem like a commander that would inspire affection -- "When questioned, he was taciturn, even stony faced and paused before responding to questions asked of him, frequently answering a question with a question. Of course, this was only when speaking with subordinates" (page 245) Furthermore, "those who had felt the sting of General Rose's short fuse ... were not inclined to speak up" (page 246).
During the Battle of the Bulge, he ordered a major to be charged with "misbehavior before the enemy" (page 275). In fact, the major had done an exemplary job of holding his position until ordered to withdraw, and probably deserved a DSC. Instead, General Rose destroyed the major's military career. While the authors acknowledge this miscarriage of justice, they cannot justify it.
The general had a tendency to be on the line. In multiple instances, he was the one to be first across a bridge and ensure that his tanks could follow. While this may seem admirable, can a division commander be effective when he is so far forward? His death seems to be a product of his quest for glory. When VII Corps Commander "Lightning Joe" Collins noted the advance of another armored unit, Rose decided to advance to the German town of Paderborn -- a distance of 100 miles in less than 24 hours!
This rapid advance did succeed in achieving a record of the most rapid advance of an armored division against an opposing force, but at a cost of the annihilation of one of his task forces and the general's own death. This occurred two months short of VE-Day; it was more Custer-like than military necessity.
Overall, the general did not inspire my admiration; instead, he seemed to be the type of officer who expended his men with little justification.
His religious background was less than meaningful to him personally. He did not disclose his Jewish background to his first wife until his wedding day. While it does not appear that he ever converted formally, his deliberate obfuscation of his background does not inspire admiration.