The Men I Didn’t Know
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 15, 2006)
In this volume, we look at four American generals that led US forces in Europe during World War I and World War II.
John J. Pershing
Pershing commanded the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in Europe during World War I. Upon his return in 1919, Congress awarded him the title “General of the Armies of the United States,” previously accorded only to George Washington.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
During World War II, Eisenhower proved to be the outstanding general of the war. He was chosen to lead Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa, and as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, he oversaw Operation Overlord, the invasion of France. Eisenhower served as President of the US from 1953-1961.
Omar N. Bradley
During World War II, Bradley commanded the 12th Army Group, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under one field commander. His troops helped to liberate Paris and smashed the Nazi counter offensive in the Ardennes at the Battle of the Bulge.
George S. Patton
Patton commanded the 3rd Army following the Normandy invasion and played a crucial role during the Battle of the Bulge. A true icon of World War II, Patton earned the nickname “Blood and Guts” for his aggressiveness and zeal in combat.
B&W. Approx run time: 1 hour 45 minutes.
Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Columbia River Ent.
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
Run Time: 107 minutes
No Greater Glory
The sinking of the Dorchester in the icy waters off Greenland shortly after midnight on February 3, 1942, was one of the worst sea disasters of World War II. It was also the occasion of an astounding feat of heroism—and faith.
As water gushed through a hole made by a German torpedo, four chaplains—members of different faiths but linked by bonds of friendship and devotion—moved quietly among the men onboard. Preaching bravery, the chaplains distributed life jackets, including their own. In the end, these four men went down with the ship, their arms linked in spiritual solidarity, their voices raised in prayer. In this spellbinding narrative, award-winning author and journalist Dan Kurzman tells the story of these heroes and the faith—in God and in country—that they shared.
They were about as different as four American clergymen could be. George Lansing Fox (Methodist), wounded and decorated in World War I, loved his family and his Vermont congregation—yet he re-enlisted as soon as he heard about Pearl Harbor. Rabbi Alex Goode was an athlete, an intellectual, and an adoring new father—yet he too knew, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, that he would serve. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), the son a famous radio evangelist, left for war begging his father to pray that he would never be a coward. Father John Washington (Catholic), a scrappy Irish street fighter, had dedicated himself to the church after a childhood brush with death. Chance brought the chaplains together at a Massachusetts training camp, but each was convinced that God had a reason for placing them together aboard the Dorchester. Read the rest of this entry »
John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever — the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country’s most legendary fighter aircraft — the F-15 and F-16. Still others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They know only half the story. Boyd, more than any other person, saved fighter aviation from the predations of the Strategic Air Command. His manual of fighter tactics changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights. He discovered a physical theory that forever altered the way fighter planes were designed. Later in life, he developed a theory of military strategy that has been adopted throughout the world and even applied to business models for maximizing efficiency. And in one of the most startling and unknown stories of modern military history, the Air Force fighter pilot taught the U.S. Marine Corps how to fight war on the ground.
Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian was created for Talking Service, the Great Books Foundation’s initiative to develop reading and discussion programs for veterans, as well as their families, friends, service providers, and caregivers. Standing Down includes: Forty-four selections, from Homer’s Iliad to personal accounts of members of the service who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs that speak to past experiences, concerns, and aspirations of those who have served in the military and made the often-difficult transition back into civilian life.
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Great Books Foundation; 1ST edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939014530
- ISBN-13: 978-1939014535