By William C. Sylvan,Francis G. Smith Jr.,John Greenwood Ph.D.
in the course of global conflict II, U.S. military generals frequently maintained diaries in their actions and the day by day operations in their command. those diaries have confirmed to be worthy ancient assets for global struggle II students and fanatics alike. formerly, some of the most traditionally major of those diaries, the single stored for common Courtney H. Hodges of the 1st U.S. military, has no longer been generally to be had to the general public. Maintained by means of of Hodges's aides, significant William C. Sylvan and Captain Francis G. Smith Jr., this special army magazine bargains a vibrant, firsthand account detailing the activities, judgements, and day-by-day actions of basic Hodges and the 1st military through the war.
The diary opens on June 2, 1944, as Hodges and the 1st military organize for the Allied invasion of France. within the weeks and months that stick with, the diary highlights the an important function that Hodges's frequently undervalued command―the first to go the German border, the 1st to move the Rhine, the 1st to shut to the Elbe―played within the Allied operations in northwest Europe. The diary recounts the 1st Army's involvement within the struggle for France, the Siegfried Line crusade, the conflict of the Bulge, the force to the Roer River, and the crossing of the Rhine, following Hodges and his males via savage eu wrestle until eventually the German hand over in may perhaps 1945.
Popularly often called the "Sylvan Diary," after its fundamental author, the diary has formerly been to be had in simple terms to army historians and researchers, who have been accredited to take advantage of it at in simple terms the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, the U.S. military middle for army background, or the U.S. military army historical past Institute. Retired U.S. military historian John T. Greenwood has now edited this article in its entirety and further a biography of basic Hodges in addition to large notes that make clear the diary's historic info. Normandy to Victory presents army heritage lovers with priceless insights into the strategies and activities of a number one American commander whose military performed a vital position within the Allied successes of worldwide warfare II.