By Thomas Fleming
The maximum American common of the 20th century wasn't Dwight Eisenhower or George Patton or Douglas MacArthur. the honour, in accordance with long island occasions bestselling historian Thomas Fleming, belongs to Matthew Ridgway, who led America's 8th military to victory in Korea. the following, during this short-form ebook, is his brave tale.
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He had studied the horrific slaughters of World War I and was determined that they would never happen again. He believed “the same dignity attaches to the mission given a single soldier as to the duties of the commanding general. . ” For the Normandy invasion, Ridgway had no trouble accepting the Eighty-Second’s mission. Once more, his men had to overcome a botched airdrop in which paratroopers drowned at sea and in swamps and lost 60 percent of their equipment. Ridgway found himself alone in a pitch-dark field.
He believed “the same dignity attaches to the mission given a single soldier as to the duties of the commanding general. . ” For the Normandy invasion, Ridgway had no trouble accepting the Eighty-Second’s mission. Once more, his men had to overcome a botched airdrop in which paratroopers drowned at sea and in swamps and lost 60 percent of their equipment. Ridgway found himself alone in a pitch-dark field. ” Ten miles away, his second-in-command, James Gavin, took charge of most of the fighting for the next twenty-four hours.
If an enemy force appeared on a unit’s front, he wanted an immediate deployment for flank attacks. He did not tolerate commanders who pondered their actions for an hour or two. In the heat of battle, Ridgway also revealed an unparalleled capacity to taunt the enemy. One of his favorite stunts was to stand in the middle of a road under heavy artillery fire and urinate to show his contempt for German accuracy. Aides and fellow generals repeatedly begged him to cease this bravado. He ignored them.