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 s pearl-handled pistols. Not one merely to act the part of commander, Mauldin remembered, Truscott spent half his time at the front the real front 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 despite his hardscrabble beginnings, patchy education, and questionable luck not only made the rank of army lieutenant general, earning a reputation as one of World War II 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. A compelling story in itself, this biography of Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. a cavalryman to the last fills out an important chapter in American military history.<
The Last Cavalryman
University of Oklahoma Press
The Life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr
Campaigns and Commanders
Non Fiction /