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Air Support for Patton's Third Armyby John J. Sullivan
Synopses & Reviews
As the United States Third Army's tanks moved through Avranches, not even the Third Army's commander, Lieutenant General George S. Patton, could have foreseen that it was the start of one of the most successful offensives of World War II - one that received a great deal of help from the air. As Patton later wrote to the chief of the Army Air Forces, "For about 250 miles I have seen the calling cards of the fighter-bombers, which are bullet marks in the pavement and burned tanks and trucks in the ditches." This book covers the units in the Ninth Air Force that gave close air suport to the Third Army and that Army's campaign in France from August to November 1944, with special emphasis on how support from the air helped the Third Army continue pushing toward the German border. The difficult logistics of the operation are discussed in detail: Both the Ninth Air Force and the Third Army were hurt by a lack of materiel, especially gasoline, and this affected the offensive.
Book News Annotation:
Focusing on the period August-November 1944, this narrative recounts the Ninth Air Force's contribution to Patton's advance through France toward Germany, but it is not a history of the Third Army nor does it give a biography of Patton. The focus is on the many technical services required by flight crews and airplanes of a tactical air force and the consequences when such support is lacking. Sullivan's interest in military air and ground operations stems from his personal experiences during World War II and the Korean War, and he is the author of another book on the subject. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-180) and index.
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