Skip to comments.ROOSEVELT APPOINTS SIX NEW GENERALS (8/4/39)
Posted on 08/04/2009 5:30:09 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
The conflict reached a crisis on August 4 when the Polish diplomatic representative in Danzig informed the local authorities that the Polish customs inspectors had been given orders to carry out their functions with arms and that any attempt by the Danzigers to hamper them would be regarded as an act of violence against Polish officials, and that in such a case the Polish government would retaliate without delay against the Free City.
William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Disruption and destruction of enemy merchant shipping by all possible means. . . . Enemy naval forces, even if inferior, are only to be engaged if it should further the principal task. . . .
Frequent changes of position in the operational areas will create uncertainty and will restrict enemy merchant shipping, even without tangible results. A temporary departure into distant areas will also add to the uncertainty of the enemy.
If the enemy should protect his shipping with superior forces so that the direct successes cannot be obtained, then the mere fact that his shipping is so restricted means that we have greatly impaired his supply situation. Valuable results will also be obtained if the pocket-battleships continue to remain in the convoy area.
With all this wisdom the British Admiralty would have been in rueful agreement.
Winston S. Churchill, The Gathering Storm
Danzig crisis update at reply #2.
Kriegsmarine update at reply #3.
Vinegar Joe bump
Of all the generals named, only Fredendall and Stillwell played a significant role in the war. As you noted, Fredendall’s role was brief, and significant only in that he showed that peacetime merit didn’t always translate well into combat effectiveness.
Stilwell was the other.
The other guys? Never heard of them.
Gen Keyon A Joyce
He joined the Army as a Private during the Spanish-American War and rose through the ranks to Major General. He was wounded by a grenade in World War I and thereafter did not have use of one hand.
He was commander of Fort Myer, Virginia, (adjacent to Arlington) from 1933 to 1937 and he supervised the construction of the Chapel from which his own funeral was conducted following his death in San Francisco on January 11, 1960. He was buried in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Rose from Private to Major General!
>>Rose from Private to Major General!
that is impressive.
Not as impressive as General Tommy Franks who went from private to 4 star General!
Interseting mixed bag. Stillwell went on to fame in China and Burma, with a somewhat mixed record. Fredenhall went on to Kasserine Pass as II Corps CG. Relieved, and shipped stateside, where, I believe, he may have been promoted again.
Thanks Homey...Vinegar Joe gets the nod to Brigadier. A great Soldier and an even greater Staff Officer. He led from the front.
Roosevelt appointed Generals to preserve and protect the Constitution and win the coming war. The One appoints czars to undermine and destroy the Constitution while losing the war we’re in. Is it a contrast or what?
Its pretty damn clear what “the ones” agenda is.
Even if he’s removed from office...the clean-up is going to be even messier. He’s put moles into so many places and dug in so deep he makes the Clinton* regime look like amateurs.
FYI: Google “Generals of World War II” and it gives a concise view of individual generals careers.
How did Tommy Franks get his commission? I don’t think I ever heard.
I think he was an Artillery OCS graduate...he was an artillery spotter in RVN, logging lots of time in be back of a bird dog.
This just in, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still alive.
Informed squares said he might not.
WOW, that is impressive.
It appears that Gen Grunnert also started as an enlisted man in the Spanish American War, rising to the rank of Lt. Gen.
Fredendall was absolutely incompetent in North Africa in my opinion. I think the fact that he was close to Marshall was the only thing that saved his butt. He was promoted out of there in order to get rid of him without making waves.
The other name I recognize (besides Stilwell) is McGruder but I cant remember from where right at the moment. Maybe he served under Patton?
A Major General John B. Magruder served under Robert E. Lee.
Maybe Bruce Magruder is his son or grandson. I’ll look him up real quick.
Found him. He was the first commander of Old Ironsides, the 1st Armored Division. That’s why he sounds familiar.
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