The British tend to lionize World War II German Gen. Erwin Rommel. The Americans, too, to a lesser degree.
But what about those who fought alongside him, asks Bastian Matteo Scianna, a lecturer at the University of Potsdam. They thought he was a big baby. It turns out that “his edgy, indecisive, and emotional character, his appeals to Hitler over the heads of his superiors, and his often-unjustified choleric outbursts made him almost unbearable to work with.”
Writing in the January issue of The Journal of Military History, Scianna, who used transcripts of the surreptitiously recorded conversations of captured Italian generals from World War II, concludes that Rommel’s “chaotic leadership led to botched plans and hazardous gambles that disregarded logistics, interaction with the navy and air force, and close cooperation with the Italian ally.”
So it turns out Rommel was much more like Gen. Bernard Montgomery than we knew!
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A Coalition convoy stops to test fire their M2 machine guns and MK19 Grenade Launcher in the Middle Euphrates River Valley in the Deir ez-Zor province, Syria, Nov. 22, 2018 (U.S. Army/Sgt. Matthew Crane)
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Monday, injuring several soldiers of Kurdish-led forces during a joint convoy with U.S. allies, locals said.
Video game company Blizzard Entertainment, which creates blockbuster franchises like World of Warcraft and Overwatch, has stood behind veteran employment for years. On top of hiring veterans, they support many related programs, including Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty Endowment. Blizzard's goal there is to help veterans find careers by supporting organizations that prepare veterans for the job market.
A combat patrol advanced three miles north of Lucca (furthermost point occupied by American troops) to contact an enemy machine gun nest in September 1944 as part of the Italian Campaign (DoD/National Archives and Records Administration)
World War II Army veteran Milton Miller says he has never forgotten an act of cowardice by his platoon leader.
It happened in the Alban Hills south of Rome following the Allied Forces' amphibious invasion on the Italian beaches of Anzio in January 1944.