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A Look Back: The St Louis parade for Gen. Bradley June 1945

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#1 36thID



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Posted 09 June 2012 - 05:37 PM

A good article with 12 photos.

A Look Back: Crowds jammed Washington Avenue in 1945 for Gen. Omar Bradley

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:22 AM

Victor Davis Hanson has highlighted something about Omar Bradley that still rings true.

Most who served under him had no idea they were part of his organisation. Whereas, EVERY member of the Third Army could tell you who was in charge....George S. Patton Jr.

For a so called 'soldiers soldier', this is damning critique. I think that without the likes of Patton, Bradley would have been even more obscure than he already was.

It was supreme irony that Bradley was asked to be 'technical advisor' for "Patton-Lust For Glory". No man on our side was more ruinous to Patton's reputation than Omar Bradley. 'Georgie' would have found it more than a little insulting to have this desk general calling the shots for a movie of his military accomplishments in WW2. Bradley consistently took credit for Patton's brilliance, and glossed over fiasco's that he was more than a little responsible for, like Omaha beach.

Bradley proved less than able to modify his 'method', such as it was, whereas Patton was continually tweaking and perfecting his craft.

Harry Truman is a far better representative for Missourians at war in this period.

As stated before, most of the soldiers that served under Bradley couldn't even tell you as much at the time. Bradley rode his 'reputation' firmly on the back of George S. Patton.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:47 PM

My last wife, prior to an overseas assignment, said she was to be part of his honor guard when he was buried.

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