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By Nigel Hamilton

Library of Congress ISBN: 9780547775241

Based on years of archival examine and interviews with the final surviving aides and Roosevelt family, Nigel Hamilton deals a definitive account of FDR’s masterful—and underappreciated—command of the Allied struggle attempt. Hamilton takes readers inside of FDR’s White condominium Oval Study—his own command center—and into the conferences the place he battled with Churchill approximately procedure and strategies and overrode the close to mutinies of his personal generals and secretary of battle. many times, FDR used to be confirmed correct and his allies and generals have been flawed. while the generals desired to assault the Nazi-fortified coast of France, FDR knew the Allied forces weren’t prepared. whilst Churchill insisted his some distance East colonies have been dependable and could face up to the japanese, Roosevelt knew it was once a myth. As Hamilton’s account reaches its climax with the Torch landings in North Africa in past due 1942, the tide of struggle turns within the Allies’ want and FDR’s genius for psychology and armed forces affairs is obvious. This intimate, sweeping examine a very good president in history’s maximum clash is needs to studying.

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While we were in Northern Ireland there was very little work. We had passes to town everyday. The pubs had plenty of stout ale; fish and chips were the staple foods and the colleens were as pretty as one would expect. I was indeed fortunate: twins, one worked at night, the other during the day. It was tough duty, yet being in the best of health, the courtship of the twins was carried out with vigor. Ilene and Kathleen Hallahan were pretty, buxom, red-haired lassies who made me the envy of our group.

We never found out what it was all about until after the war. I have read the Cornelius Ryan book and have seen the movie A Bridge Too Far. In the 500-page book about four pages are devoted to this air mission and the part played by the B-24s. Our part was small compared to what the ground forces went through during Operation Market-Garden. There were 575 8th Air Force P-38s, P-47s, and P-51s escorting 252 B-24 Liberators on this mission, as well as dive-bombing on anti-aircraft guns and fighting off the German ME-109 and FW-190 fighters.

Mathison advised me he would take my place. This was just fine with me, as I was not happy in the lead position; in fact, I wasn't happy in the B-24 at all. I had flown this aircraft in the States as a first pilot, and after about one hundred hours in it I considered it a piece of junk. I asked for a transfer and received it. All this was for naught, as I ended up as a lead co-pilot with the 93rd Bomb Group-B-24s again. I continually turned down first-pilot status, which I considered to be hypo- 56 A GAINST ALL ODDS critical (talk about going from the frying pan into the fire – this was it).

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